Kuwait hoping for French jet deal

22nd October 2009, Comments 0 comments

Kuwait is hoping for a deal to buy Rafale fighter jets from France, the Gulf state's defence minister said on Wednesday.

Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah said his country would be "proud" to have the supersonic jet in its armed forces.

"We hope to see an offer (from France) on the matter soon," he told journalists in Paris after signing a new defence accord with his French counterpart Herve Morin.

Any deal would be studied carefully by the Kuwaiti air force, he added.

"We hope to get the Rafale for our air force," he said, without saying how many planes Kuwait might want.

Last month two French Rafale jets collided in mid-air over the Mediterranean, killing one pilot.

The crash came as France negotiated the sale of 36 Rafales to Brazil - a deal worth between five and seven billion euros and the first export contract for the Dassault-made planes.


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