Kuwait signs contract to buy 30 French helicopters

Kuwait – Sale of 30 Caracal helicopters – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Defence (excerpts)

Paris, 10 August 2016

On Tuesday 9 August 2016, in the presence of French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Airbus Helicopters and the Ministry of Defence of Kuwait signed a contract to purchase 30 Caracal helicopters for the Kuwaiti army and national guard. (…)

The contract is worth more than €1 billion. It is part of a long-standing strategic relationship between Kuwait and France. Indeed, France committed itself alongside the emirate during the conflict which followed the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, i.e. nearly 30 years ago. Moreover, France still has a defence agreement with Kuwait.

The agreement confirms the high level of confidence Kuwait has in French systems tested on a daily basis in theatres of operation. It highlights the results of these types of helicopters and how well-adapted they are to the operational needs of the Kuwaiti armed forces and national guard./.

Published on 19/09/2017

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