UAE buys French radar systems worth 300-mn euros

24th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

The United Arab Emirates has ordered 17 anti-aircraft radar systems from French firm Thales for around 300 million euros ($397 million), France's defence ministry said on Tuesday.

The deal, clinched during a visit by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, came a day after the UAE signed an agreement worth more than 700 million euros for two French military surveillance satellites.

The crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, "gave his green light to Mr. Le Drian for the purchase of 17 Thales GM200 radars," a ministry spokesman said.

Le Drian has made re-establishing trade ties with the UAE -- a traditional customer for the French arms industry -- a priority, holding several meetings with top officials.

Before the two deals in two days, the last significant military orders received by France from the UAE dated back to 2007.

© 2013 AFP

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