Kuwait and France signed on Tuesday a major deal according to which Paris would sell the Gulf State up to 30 military helicopters. The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah, with attendance of his visiting French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, signed the contract with representatives of the manufacturing company, Airbus Helicopters, to buy 30 military Caracal helicopters for employment by the Kuwaiti land, marine and air forces.
The Ministry of Defense added in a statement that six of the purchased multi-wing aircraft would be allocated for the Kuwaiti National Guards, affirming the keenness on acquiring such copters of high operational capacities and advanced specifications to back up the armed forces in combat missions.
The copters are equipped with sophisticated electronic systems and air-to-surface missiles, the Ministry of Defense said, adding that the deal stipulates logistical support, training the pilots and technicians with all necessary equipment for the mock military training drills to be provided.
The ceremony of signing the contract was attended by top military officers and commanders.