The beginning of a Gulf arms race? Qatar to buy two billion euros worth of military helicopters from France
Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from a unit of European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($2.8 billion), the French defense ministry said Thursday.
It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be the frigate version. Qatar will also acquire two Airbus-made refueling tankers.
The decision was conveyed to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian by Qatari officials.
Last week, Le Drian had taken his Qatari counterpart General Khaled Al Attiyah to Brest in northwestern France to show him the NH90 chopper.
Le Drian is currently in the Qatar capital for the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition.