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France says Saudi Arabia to order H145 helicopters

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Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
24 June 2015


Saudi Arabia plans to order 23 Airbus H145 light helicopters as part of a series of deals worth USD12 billion, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on 24 June.

Fabius said the helicopter deal would be worth US500 million, but did not say which branch of the Saudi state would operate them.

The announcement came during an official visit by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince and defence minister Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

The H145 is in widespread service with security forces around the world and is used by the US Army in non-combat roles. An armed version was developed for the US Army's now-cancelled programme to replace its OH-58 Kiowa.
France says Saudi Arabia to order H145 helicopters - IHS Jane's 360
 

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