Germany’s defense hardware exports to Saudi-coalition participating in the Yemen conflict for the first six months of 2019 stands at $1.1 billion (1 bilion Euro), according to a report published by the Economy Ministry.
Berlin has reportedly approved 56 contracts to Saudi, Egypt and United Arab Emirates (UAE), the alliance of Arab states fighting Houthi rebels from 1 January to 5 June, 2019.
While the biggest importer of German arms is Egypt with contracts signed with Germany of the tune of $899.2 million (801.8 million Euro); deals with UAE amounted to $29.2 million (26.1 million Euro), reports German Press Agency (DPA).
The contracts include 2 defense deals signed with Riyadh at a time when Germany imposed bans to restrict exports to the middle-eastern country. Ulrich Nussbaum, a senior official in the ministry, said the deals included nearly $1 million (831,000 Euro) worth of armoured vehicles.
Germany had imposed a partial arms embargo on countries involved in the Yemen conflict. Following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October, Berlin imposed a total ban against German exports to Riyadh. The ban was recently partially lifted in response to pressure from Britain and France.
Last week, there were reports that suggested that Berlin may block a hard-won deal by France's Naval Group to supply 2 Gowind Corvettes worth $841 million (750 million Euro) to the UAE. The corvettes have earlier been sold to Egypt when it bought French Rafale fighter jets two years ago.
Saudi was reportedly looking to acquire military trucks from Rheinmetall for $154 million (136 million Euro) in March. In February, Germany and the UK were 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. The contract was estimated to be worth $1 billion.
Germany may Block a hard-won deal by the Naval Group to Supply Gowind Corvettes to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as it is against that countrys participation in the Yemen war. A German firm, MTU supplies engines for the Gowind anti-submarine corvettes manufactured by Frances Naval Group, Intelligence Online reported
Saudis €136 million ($154 million) order for Rheinmetalls military trucks will be concluded very soon, provided Germany gives an approval for export licence of the same.
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Germany and the UK are at loggerheads over the former blocking the export of MBDAs Meteor long range air-to-air missile for use on Saudi Arabias Eurofighter Typhoons. Berlin is understood to have blocked the sale citing German-made components in the missile as it is opposed to Saudi Arabias use of the Meteor-mounted Typhoons in the Yemen conflict and over the Jamal Khashoggi affair
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