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Kuwait takes delivery of 2 Caracal helicopters

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Kuwait has taken delivery of two Caracal helicopters, the first in a deal worth 1.7 billion euros.

The Kuwaiti army said it launched the new arrivals at a ceremony on Thursday at the Ali Al Salem Airbase attended by military chief of staff Gen. Khalid Saleh Al Sabah.

They will be used in search, rescue and medical evacuation missions as well as transporting VIP personalities and emergency aid to disaster-hit zones, the army added on its Twitter account.

The two are part of an order for 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters placed by Kuwait with the aircraft maker Airbus.

Earlier this year, Kuwait formed a technical committee to investigate the deal after reported engine defects.

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