PARIS: French weapons sales hit a record high of more than 20 billion euros ($21.33 billion) in 2016 after submarine contracts in Australia and fighter jet sales to India, Frances defence minister said.
In 2015, we hit our historical exports figure of 17 billion euros, Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a New Years speech to defence officials late on Thursday.
For 2016, the total is not yet tallied, but I can say that thanks to the Australia contract, we have reached a new summit with more than 20 billion euros in sales.
Australia and France formally sealed an agreement in December under which French naval contractor DCNS will build a new fleet of 12 submarines, a deal that could ultimately be worth $38 billion.
Paris also completed a deal for the sale of 36 high-end Rafale fighter planes from Dassault worth about $9 billion.
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