Commander of the Emiri Air Force, Major General (Pilot) Mubarak bin Mohammed Al-Kumait Al-Khayarin confirmed that the country will be receiving its first batch of Rafale aircraft next year.
Speaking on the sidelines of DIMIDEX 2018, the Commander appreciated the improvements within the armed forces by supplying them with the latest military equipment in the world. He also informed that the Amiri Air Force has contracted with Italy to buy 28 NH90 helicopters.
The NH90 helicopters will help in developing the abilities and efficiency of the Air Force by owning a fleet of the best and newest in the world. The helicopters will be distributed to the ground support of the ground forces and special forces, operations, in addition to the maritime support.
He said the helicopters were anti-warships and submarines, the only helicopter in the region capable of tracking and dealing with submarines, as a true addition to national security.
The NH90 helicopters agreement was an integrated one, indicating that it includes items for training and logistical support, spare parts, and all details related to the aircraft, and will be received in the near future.
The Commander explained that the idea of exhibition was not just about buying and selling, but also to expand the horizons for strategic and future partnerships, adding that the most distinctive of the sixth edition of DMDEX is that it has witnessed many partnerships that open the way to local military manufacturing.