France stands ready to supply Kuwait with anti-ship missiles to arm the Caracal military transport helicopter the Gulf nation has just ordered from Airbus Helicopters, a French defense official said Aug. 10.

A certification of fitting the weapon on the platform, and Kuwait funding the request, would allow the deal to be done. “We would do it,” said the official, who declined to be named.

Kuwait has a specific requirement for airborne missiles for use against fast offshore boats. Such a need emerged in negotiations for a recent order of the Eurofighter Typhoon. […]