France reports surging defence export orders

05 June 2019

The French government has reported that orders for defence equipment jumped by 31.4% to EUR9.12 billion (USD10.26 billion) in 2018, an increase on 2017’s EUR6.94 billion.

Key programmes that entered into force during the year included the CAMO armoured vehicle procurement by Belgium, NHIndustries NH90 helicopters for Qatar and Spain, the sale of patrol vessels to Saudi Arabia, and the exercising of an option for additional Dassault Rafale aircraft for Qatar.

The Middle East accounted for about 50% of the total market share for French defence orders, with Qatar being one of the country’s key customers during the year with orders valued at EUR2.37 billion.

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