UAE Buys $20B in French Military Fighter and Helicopter Deal

The French President Macron and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Friday signed the largest weapons deal worth $20 billion that includes 80 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter planes and 12 Caracal (Super Puma H225M) helicopters.

The contract inked during French President Macron’s visit to UAE as part of his two days trip to the Gulf, with stops to Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The UAE is one of the French defence industry’s biggest customers, also ordering 12 Caracal military transport helicopters, the French presidency said in a statement.

“This is an outcome of the strategic partnership between the two countries, consolidating their capacity to act together for their autonomy and security,” it said.

French Defence Minister Florence Parly called the agreement “historic”, adding that it contributed “directly to regional stability”.

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