PARIS (AFP) - Qatar will buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from a unit of European aerospace group Airbus worth nearly two billion euros ($3.5 billion), the French defence ministry said Thursday.
It said 12 of these would be transport helicopters and the other 10 would be the frigate version. Qatar will also acquire two Airbus-made refuelling tankers.
The decision was conveyed to French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian by Qatari officials.
Last week, Le Drian had taken his Qatari counterpart General Khaled Al Attiyah to Brest in northwestern France to show him the NH90 chopper.
Le Drian is currently in the Qatar capital for the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition.