United Arab Emirates has ordered 17 anti-aircraft radars GM 200 from French Company Thales 2507131
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|Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:13 AM|
|United Arab Emirates has ordered 17 anti-aircraft radars GM 200 from French Company Thales.|
The United Arab Emirates has ordered 17 anti-aircraft radar systems GM 200 from French firm Thales for around 300 million euros ($397 million), France's defence ministry said on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Scale model of Thales GM200 anti-aircraft radar system
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 GM 200 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.