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France Sells 24 Military Helicopters to Iraq

26th March 2009 - 15:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Eurocopter is to sell 24 EC635 light-twins to Iraq under a government-to-government agreement.

Reports from France say that French Defence Minister Herve Morin signed the deal worth 360 million euros ($488 million) for the Eurocopter EC635s during a meeting in Paris with his Iraqi counterpart Abdul Qader Obeidi.

France has reportedly agreed to provide pilot training and provide maintenance as part of the contract.

The deal is the first contract signed between Paris and Baghdad since the 1990 Gulf War and the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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