• July 23, 2024

Airbus offers the H225M Caracal helicopters for sale in the Middle East region.

Paris, the capital city of France, witnessed a significant development as the United Arab Emirates recently entered into a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the acquisition of twelve H225M Caracal helicopters. This noteworthy agreement, which took place during the visit of the French President, was warmly received by Defense Minister Florence Parly. It holds great significance as it is an integral part of the strategic partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates. Minister Florence Parly expressed her appreciation, emphasizing that this contract serves as a vote of confidence in the capabilities of European industry. It is worth noting that the export of defense equipment aligns with France’s defense and security policy.

 

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In a positive development, The Helicopter Company (THC), a Saudi Arabian civilian organization, has placed an order for twenty H145 helicopters equipped with five-blade rotors, along with six ACH160 helicopters. Established in 2019 by the Saudi Public Investment Fund, THC aims to contribute to the realization of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 by fostering new industrial sectors within the country. This strategic move not only supports the long-term economic growth but also addresses the increasing demand for luxury tourism and air transport services.

 

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THC has recently entered into a purchase agreement for ten Airbus H125 helicopters, aiming to enhance accessibility to local tourist spots and offer services such as aerial filming and surveys. By expanding its fleet with the inclusion of H145 and H160 helicopters, THC is further broadening its range of services. This procurement agreement is a testament to THC’s continuous efforts to form strategic alliances with prominent industry players. Notably, THC has recently forged a partnership with The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the organization behind an exceptional regenerative tourism project of global significance.

 

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In a significant development reported on December 3, 2021, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and France have entered into a contract for the procurement of 80 advanced Rafale F4 fighters. The press service of Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of the aircraft, has confirmed the agreement. However, specific details regarding the contract value and delivery schedule were not disclosed by the company. Nonetheless, a reliable source at BulgarianMilitary.com has confirmed that the deal is estimated at $19 billion.

 

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The French authorities have expressed that the contract with the UAE will significantly contribute to the workload of Dassault Aviation over the coming years, involving the participation of over 400 defense companies within France. It is noteworthy that if this contract is executed successfully, the United Arab Emirates will emerge as the largest international operator of the Rafale fighter aircraft, surpassing the initial expectation of supplying a maximum of 60 units. It is estimated that France currently possesses around 140 Rafale aircraft within its own fleet.

 

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Currently, Egypt holds the distinction of being the largest foreign operator of the Rafale fighter, having acquired 24 aircraft of this type. Additionally, in early May 2021, Egypt placed an order for an additional 30 Rafale fighters, supported by a $5 billion loan. It is noteworthy that France has made a commitment to provide the UAE with the latest variant of this fighter, known as the Rafale F4. It is interesting to mention that in March 2021, the French Air Force commenced the transition to the Rafale F3R variant, and its notable features were detailed in a publication by Defense Express.

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