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France's European Mistral missile order worth 500 million euros - ministry

Published 06/20/2023, 04:06 PM
Updated 06/20/2023, 04:11 PM
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PARIS (Reuters) - France's defence ministry said on Tuesday that it could order 1,000 Mistral air defence missiles worth about 500 million euros ($545.6 million) as part of a joint purchase with four other European states.

President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that France - along with Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia and Hungary - had agreed to make the purchases.

Macron had added he had made some progress in convincing some of France's EU allies to look at a more home-grown defence strategy, in contrast to a German-led effort to jointly procure air defence systems from outside Europe.

The Mistral air defence missiles are built by the company MBDA. Airbus and BAE Systems (OTC:BAESF) each have stakes of 37.5% in MBDA, while Italian company Leonardo has a 25% stake.

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