Kuwait is lining up a purchase of 24 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracals, with a deal to be signed "as soon as possible".

The acquisition of the 11t-class rotorcraft was discussed today during a telephone call between French president Francois Hollande and Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to a statement posted on the French president's official website.

The statement says the contract for the Turbomeca Makila 2A1-powered helicopters "will be signed as soon as possible" between French defence minister Jean-Yves le Drian and his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Khaled Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah.

If the contract is finalised it would mark further success for the French-built rotorcraft, which recently was selected by Poland for its 50-unit requirement.

Source: FlightGlobal.com