France has won 1 billion euros contract from Saudi Arabia to overhaul four frigates and two refuelling ships, according to Defense News.
The upkeep deal involves French weapons and systems makers Thales, DCNS and MBDA and would overhaul vessels that date to the 1980s.
None of the companies involved wished to comment, but La Tribune reported that the launch of work could come as early as September and would precede a visit to the kingdom by French President Francois Hollande this autumn.
France and UAE are said to be working on rebuilding military ties, after negotiations soured over a proposed purchase of 60 Rafale fighter jets, according to Defense news. The two countries last week signed a $1 billion satellite deal that will allow the UAE to receive the two Falcon Eye high-resolution optical reconnaissance systems by 2018, built by EADS Astrium and Thales
France plans to buy as many as 16 MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) officials told Congress. The Reapers are included in a potentially $1
France has decided to buy two General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper medium-altitude long endurance (MALE) drones from U.S which will be delivered by 2013
The French defense ministry has ordered a follow-on batch of 34 NH90 helicopters, a contract estimated to be worth just under 1 billion euros, according to reports. The order, initially due to be awarded in 2010, was announced as “imminent” in January 2012 by then defense minister Gérard Longuet when he took delivery of the first French army NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in its final operational configuration from Eurocopter
French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday said that his country will develop and build a new anti-ship missile with the UK. A move that will allow European missile maker MBDA to consolidate industrial capabilities
The French government today revealed that it will freeze its defense budget for the next six years as part of proposed cuts to hamper its ability to mount military operations such as its intervention in Mali. The freeze will still lead to the loss of 34,000 jobs in the defense ministry at a time of growing unemployment in France, according to a strategic review announced on Monday
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