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The UAE cancels a contract to buy 12 military helicopters, and there is no comment from Airbus

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The contract for the purchase of 12 helicopters worth one billion euros was announced in December 2021 during a visit to Abu Dhabi by French President Emmanuel Macron, during which France also concluded a deal to sell 80 Rafale fighters.

The UAE has canceled a deal to buy 12 H225M Caracal military helicopters, expressing regret at the inability of Airbus Helicopters to meet its requirements, a decision the group did not comment on in contact with Agence France-Presse on Wednesday.

A senior official in Tawazun, the UAE’s Defense and Security Procurement Authority, said that the state “cancelled” the contract due to the high cost of the helicopter throughout its use and “the inability to achieve valuable goals in the country,” in an interview with the specialized Breaking Defense website.

“The company did not have the necessary motivation to respond to the urgent demands of the government,” said the official, Muammar Abdullah Abu Shihab.

The UAE and many other countries are increasingly demanding industrial compensation when they acquire defense equipment abroad to develop their economy and skills.

“We do not comment on discussions we have with our customers,” an Airbus Helicopters spokesman told AFP.

“We have been serving the UAE Armed Forces for more than 40 years, and we are proud of our relationship, which also serves the bilateral relations between France and the United Arab Emirates,” he added.

The contract for the purchase of 12 helicopters worth one billion euros was announced in December 2021 during a visit to Abu Dhabi by French President Emmanuel Macron, during which France also concluded a deal to sell 80 Rafale fighters.

The H225M helicopter, which the French army called the Caracal, is heavy (11 tons) and is the latest version of the Puma helicopters that are used in search and rescue, transport and attack operations or for special forces.

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