The Algerian Defense Ministry announced on August 11 that it had signed an memorandum of understanding agreement with Italy’s Leonardo for the production of helicopters at Ain Arnat in the Setif province of the country.

A joint Algerian-Italian company will produce three types of light and medium helicopters for personnel transport, cargo, medical evacuation, surveillance and ‘control’, the Algerian authorities said.

The North African oil and gaz-rich nation previously purchased AW101 Merlin, Super Lynx 300 and landing platform dock from Italian defence industry.

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