The UK Government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalise discussions for the purchase of 48 Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft worth an estimated US$16 billion.
The Memorandum was signed during the high profile visit of Saudi Crown Prince Salman to London earlier this week.
“This is a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner. We are committed to supporting the Kingdom as it modernises the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030,” a BAE Systems statement said.
The proposed value of the aircraft could be in excess of US$16 billion, considering that Qatar recently signed up to buy 24 typhoon jets for US$8 billion. However no value has been mentioned by BAE Systems or the UK government.
Also, no timeline has been assigned to finalise the negotiations. Saudi Arabia is already a customer of Typhoon aircraft whose use during the Yemen war has been criticized by rights groups.
However, unlike previous UK-Saudi defence deals, the current Typhoon contract could see significant UK involvement in improving defence manufacturing capabilities in the desert kingdom.
A Saudi Arabian communiqué said the Typhoon Memorandum of Intent seeks to “enhance the Kingdom’s industrial defense capabilities through technology transfer and capability development, training, and building a partnership in research and development on a national and industrial level, and providing technical advisory to the development program of the Ministry of Defense in Saudi Arabia.”
The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) intends to scrap 16 Eurofighter Typhoons as part of a project to save GBP 800 million (USD1.13 billion) on the running cost of the service's combat aircraft fleet
The Eurofighter consortium's order book for Typhoon fighter jets has grown to 623 aircraft following the signing of contract with Qatar to supply 24 fighters signed in December. Besides, December brought confirmation that Typhoon jet's production had started for the State of Kuwait while the Sultanate of Oman took its first deliveries of Eurofighter Typhoon at Adam Air Base, Oman
Eurofighter has started work on first Typhoon aircraft meant for Kuwait Air Force. Following the 2016 signature of the contract to supply 28 Eurofighter Typhoon to the State of Kuwait, Leonardo company and the other Eurofighter partner companies have started the production with several new additions to weapon system, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft meant for the Kuwaiti Air Force (KAF) will be the most advanced produced so far and the first among the fighter jets 8 customers to receive the E-Scan AESA radar. Deliveries of Kuwaits Eurofighter Typhoons will start in 2020 and conclude in 2023, will consist of a package of capabilities on top of the previous enhancement programmes that will include the Leonardo-led E-Scan radar and a number of weapon system upgrades, a Leonardo statement said today
The British and Qatari governments have signed a £6 billion ($8 billion) agreement to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft. The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, oversaw the signing of the contract, building on the statement of intent signed in September this year, UK ministry of defense said in a statement Sunday
The United Kingdoms Royal Air Force Typhoon fighter jets conducted eight hour sorties to attack and destroy a weapons cache before conducting a simultaneous strike against four truck bombs. The sorties were conducted on 23 September
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