Saudi Arabia continues to place large defense orders. In addition to the $350 million contract for 24 Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks, Gulf sources are reporting that a defense cooperation agreement with France was signed on June 21, carrying in its train some major deals re: helicopters and tanker aircraft. The reported deal for 2-3 Airbus A330 MRTT aerial tanker & transport aircraft remains unclear, and will be covered once it’s finalized.
Defense-Aerospace.com has more specific details regarding the estimated EUR 6.9 billion/ $8.8 billion helicopter deal, however, which could involve as many as 132 aircraft of various types. These reportedly included: