Angola will buy three Airbus C295 maritime patrol aircraft to enable its navy to monitor its exclusive economic zone, the state press agency reported on 9 March.
It said President João Lourenço signed a presidential order on 2 March, authorising the Angolan Ministry of Defence’s Simportex company to sign the EUR159.9 million (USD196.7 million) agreement with Airbus Defence and Space.
The finance minister has been authorised to negotiate funding with Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, a Spanish bank.
Airbus, which is building the C295 in Spain, has not commented on the deal.
Lourenço visited Airbus facilities during a visit to Spain in March 2017, when he was serving as defence minister.
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