"The Direction Générale de l'Armement signed an order Dec. 30 2015 for six NH90 tactical transport helicopters NH90 TTH Caïman from manufacturer NHI," the DGA said in a Jan. 7 statement.
"This strengthens significantly the Army's equipment and brings to 74 the number of NH90 TTH ordered, of which 44 will be delivered by 2019."
A DGA spokesman declined to give a value for the order.
The unit price of the Army version of the NH90 was €28.6 million euros (US $31 million), a French Senate report said in November 2012, based on the previous French order of 68 NH90s for the land force.
"This additional order for six NH90s, to be delivered in 2017-2019, confirms the essential role that new-generation multirole helicopters play in modern operations," Guillaume Faury, chairman of Airbus Helicopters, said in a Jan. 7 statement.
A planned order for the six helicopters was announced in September as part of the 2016 defense budget.
The troops in the Barkhane mission are deployed across five African partner nations, requiring transport across great distance in the Sahel region.
France has ordered for the Navy 27 NH90s in the NATO Frigate Helicopter version, of which 15 have been delivered. The Army has received 17 so far.
Airbus holds 32.5 percent of NHI, AgustaWestland 32 percent and Fokker 5.5 percent.