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.
by Jo Biddle © 2013 AFP
Date: Jul 23, 2013