Kuwait refused to accept 30 French helicopters because of technical defects
KUWAIT CITY, (BM) – In 2016, the Ministry of Defense of Kuwait ordered thirty H225M Caracal helicopters for 1.07 billion euros. A few days ago, they said they refused to accept cars. Cause? Detection of unspecified technical defects in duplicate, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing sources from Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense refused to accept the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal multipurpose vehicles and announced the creation of a technical committee to identify defects and eliminate their causes, and then to resume scheduled deliveries.
The manufacturer of Caracali should now provide a report and show in it possible defects and warranties for their repair. According to unofficial information, the problem lies in the “Turboméc Makil 2A1 turbocharged engines with a power of 1,776 kW (2,382 hp) each, which drive French helicopters.”
The magazine recalls that these are not the first problems with similar helicopters ordered by Kuwait. One of them concerned an anti-corruption investigation initiated by Kuwaiti intelligence agencies after information appeared that a tender broker, Lebanese Farid Abdelnur, had requested Airbus a commission of € 60 million for this contract.
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