Defense Conseil International, a French international service firm that has long trained Navy officers for Kuwait, has logged a first for the company by training future Kuwaiti pilots as well, according to DCI Chairman Jean-Michel Palagos.

Some 30 students will learn to fly at the Salon-de-Provence air college, southern France, Palagos said of the training that began in April. Testing after the training course will determine whether the future pilots will fly fighters, transports or helicopters. Kuwait operates the F-18 fighter.

“We have a very privileged relationship with [Kuwait],” Palagos said, noting that DCI was the only Western firm to stay in Kuwait during the Iraqi occupation in the 1991 Gulf War. […]