On the occasion of the visit to Paris of Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, France and Kuwait decided to strengthen mutual cooperation within the framework of their defense partnership. For this purpose, the two countries confirmed the technical arrangement, announced on June 10, 2015, concerning the procurement by France of ground, air and naval weaponry worth between €1,5 and €2,5 billion.
The acquisition by the Gulf emirate of 24 to 30 multi-role heavy helicopters Caracal (H225M) manufactured by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) represents a major part of the total, roughly €1 billion. A semi-dozen helicopters Caracal are currently being used by the French military in Mali, Niger and Chad. Several months ago, Airbus Helicopters whose 72% of sales revenue is made abroad was pre-selected by Poland for the delivery of 50 helicopters Caracal and additional units could be purchased by India.
According to analysts, the significant increase in French exports in the Middle East arms trade is evidence of France’s growing involvement in the region, as the United States rebalances its posture towards Asia-Pacific.