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REFILE-Germany approves 2.3 bln euro purchase of Airbus helicopters - source

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BERLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) - The German parliament’s budget committee approved a 2.3 billion euro ($2.7 billion) contract to buy 31 Airbus helicopters for the country’s navy on Thursday, a parliamentary source said.

The Sea Tiger helicopters will be deployed on frigates, and their main job will be submarine-hunting. They have a range of 800 kilometres (500 miles) and can be armed with missiles, torpedoes and machine guns, according to experts.

$1 = 0.8450 euros Reporting by Sabine Siebold; editing by Maria Sheahan and Thomas Seythal

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