French patrol vessels in cloud of fog
Paris and Riyadh are in a state of confusion over the contract to deliver patrol vessels to the Saudi navy. Intelligence Online investigates this very French situation. [...]
DCNS is France’s leading naval shipyard. The company builds both surface vessels and submarines for the French Navy. It also exports, recently landing contracts in India, Brazil and Australia.
Since France cancelled its delivery of two Mistral vessels to Russia, Paris has been wondering what to do with the warships. DCNS, which built them, is hoping it might have found a buyer in Canada. It has been activating its networks there. [...]
As the Saudi offensive in Yemen continues, the love-in between Paris and Riyadh is very much on following Laurent Fabius’ visit to the kingdom on April 12. But the Al Mekkah frigate affair could spoil the mood. [...]
Lebanon’s acquisition of military materiel under a $1 billion envelope that Riyadh granted to prime minister Saad Hariri in August is proceeding apace. Intelligence Online can also reveal that there has been a breakthrough on Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion package [. [...]
The diplomatic honeymoon period between Paris and Riyadh has yet to benefit the French defence industry: the only major deals that have been struck since President François Hollande's very public rapprochement with Saudi Arabia shortly after his election in 2012 [. [...]