UAE acquires 17 French anti-aircraft radar systems

The UAE is a traditional customer for the French arms industry

PARIS - The United Arab Emirates has ordered 17 anti-aircraft radar systems from French firm Thales for around 300 million euros ($397 million), France's defence ministry said on Tuesday.
The deal, clinched during a visit by French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, came a day after the UAE signed an agreement worth more than 700 million euros for two French military surveillance satellites.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, "gave his green light to Mr. Le Drian for the purchase of 17 Thales GM200 radars," a ministry spokesman said.
Le Drian has made re-establishing trade ties with the UAE -- a traditional customer for the French arms industry -- a priority, holding several meetings with top officials.
Before the two deals in two days, the last significant military orders received by France from the UAE dated back to 2007.