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The 2006 Saudi Shopping Spree: More Helicopters from Eurocopter

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Tiger HAP & armaments(click to view full) 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/ $8.8 billion helicopter deal, however, which could involve as many as 132 aircraft of various types. These reportedly included: NH-90 on deck(click to view full) 64 NH Industries (EADS/ AgustaWestland) NH90s. 10 would be naval helicopters, with the other 54 being the TTH troop transport version (42 Royal Saudi Army, 12 National Guard). The NH90 TTH can carry slightly more than the Black Hawks, and has a rear ramp for unloading small vehicles as well. A recent Australian deal for 34 NH90 TTH helicopters was worth A$ 2 billion/ $1.475 billion; defense-aerospace.com estimates this deal at EUR 4 billion ($5.08 billion at current conversion), possibly owing to the large amount of […]

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