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France and Kuwait sign major defence deals

An EC 725 Caracal helicopter
An EC 725 Caracal helicopter defense.gouv.fr

France and Kuwait have signed defence deals and provisional agreements worth 2.5 billion euros. The deal includes Kuwait's purchase of Airbus-built military helicopters worth one billion euros.

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The French government says Kuwait is buying 24 Caracal helicopters, with an option for a further six.

Other deals include the provision of French light armoured vehicles and patrol boat maintenance.

Kuwait is said to be looking to upgrade its military equipment amid increased regional security concerns linked to the Islamic State fighters.

Wednesday's deals were signed during the visit of Kuwait's prime minister, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad al-Sabah,  to Paris.

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