Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz will be in Paris from September 1 to 3. It might on this occasion to sign an agreement (Letter of Intent) for the purchase of six FREMM multimission frigates. An operation to 15 billion euros.
The coming of September 1 to 3 of Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Paris is a very, very important visit for French arms manufacturers, DCNS and MBDA, Thales, Airbus Helicopters and Defense Conseil International (DCI). Challenge of this visit, the signing of a Letter of intent (LoI) between Paris and Riyadh for the purchase of six FREMM multimission frigates built by DCNS and highly equipped: cruise missiles (MDCN), 15/30 Aster missiles and missile Naval Exocet Block 3 of MBDA, 10 NH90 helicopters naval (NFH) Airbus Helicopters … Either an estimated € 15 billion contract spread over a decade.
According to several sources, Saudi Arabia would be requesting to perform this operation. And wants to go fast. But without an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) yet expected by Ryad but not yet ready on the French side, Paris offers a LoI defines key principles of AIG, which could be signed a month later. Prince Salman, also defense minister, has lunch on September 1 with Francois Hollande with whom he will discuss international issues in the Gulf region (Syria, Iraq …) and meet with the defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, September 3, with whom he discussed, among other arms issues. […]