(Source: BAE Systems)
12:00 AM, October 23, 2008
>BAE Systems has flown the first of 72 Eurofighter Typhoons for Saudi Arabia, seen above at the companys Warton airfield in North West England. (BAE Systems photo)A Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft in the full two-tone grey livery of the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has flown for the first time today at BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire, North West England. This milestone marks the start of an initial test flight programme for RSAF Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft being assembled at Warton.>> In December 2005, the Saudi Arabian and UK Governments announced the signing of an Understanding Document that aimed to establish a greater partnership in modernising the Saudi Armed Forces. This paved the way for the acquisition of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, and the transfer of technology, investment and training, confirmed on 17 September 2007.>> BAE Systems, which has had a presence in Saudi Arabia since 1973, is one of the largest companies in the industrial sector and currently employs 4,700 people.>> Directly linked to Saudi Arabias acquisition of Eurofighter Typhoon, the Company is making good progress on agreeing a partnered support approach. This will offer significant levels of opportunity for Saudi industry, specifically through the development of an engineering and manufacturing footprint and a Centre for Arab Excellence.>>> BE Systems is the premier global defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With approximately 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems' sales exceeded 15.7 billion (US $31.4 billion) in 2007.