Germany and the UK are at loggerheads over the former blocking the export of MBDA’s Meteor long range air-to-air missile for use on Saudi Arabia’s Eurofighter Typhoons.
Berlin is understood to have blocked the sale citing German-made components in the missile as it is opposed to Saudi Arabia’s use of the Meteor-mounted Typhoons in the Yemen conflict and over the Jamal Khashoggi affair.
The contract for the export of the MBDA -made Meteor to Saudi is estimated to be worth US$1 billion, LAtribune.fr reported quoting unnamed sources. Some key components of the Meteor are made by Bayern-Chemie and TDW which are subsidiaries of MBDA in Germany.
The German ban comes at a time when France and Germany are discussing the development of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS), an European project to develop a fifth generation fighter jet for which missiles made the European consortium MBDA will form the main offensive component.
French companies are decidedly cut-up over Berlin’s action; comparing it with the US ban on sale of the Scalp missile to Egypt sold as part of the Dassault Rafale deal (which was subsequently lifted) and want to develop by themselves components made in Germany for MBDA.
While French firms want guarantees that there will be no restrictions on the export of defence equipment made under collaborative programs, German political parties- SPD and the Greens have pitched for common restrictive rules where export restrictions could be imposed in certain cases.
Rheinmetall has threatened the German government with a multi-million dollar lawsuit to compensate for their losses caused due to the Chancellor Angela Merkels cabinet decision to stop military supplies to Saudi Arabia. The cabinet approved arms embargo against Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadhs consulate in Turkey and has also asked other nations to do the same,
United States senators have introduced a legislation seeking suspension of weapon sales to Saudi Arabia over the death of a Saudi journalist at a consulate in Turkey and for its role in Yemen's devastating civil war. The Bill would also impose sanctions on anyone blocking humanitarian access in Yemen and anyone supporting Houthis in Yemen,
Germany announced a freeze in arms sales approvals to Saudi Arabia and urged its fellow European Union members to do the same over Riyadhs admittance that its security team killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier told ZDF television that the German government would not approve any new arms sales to Saudi Arabia and would urge other EU member states to follow this example
France has received Washington's nod to export Scalp missiles to Egypt as part of a package for the sale of Rafale fighter jets. The requisite export licences have been received to bypass the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) rules which prohibit sale of military equipment to certain countries which have US made components,
Germany has released a
The French Ministry of Defense and Dassault test fired two Meteor missiles from a Rafale aircraft last week. On Wednesday, 13 February, at 13:30, a patrol composed of two Rafale fighters took off from the air base of Cazaux (Gironde) to fire a first Meteor missile, the French MoD said in a statement last Thursday
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