SHAH ALAM: Eagles, Typhoons and Rafale too. Qatar has signed a deal with the UK for 24 Eurofighter Typhoons and a package weapons including the MBDA Meteor AAM and Brimstone AGM worth an estimated US$8 billion on Dec. 10. The deal also include training for pilots and maintainers to be conducted in the UK.
The deal will also result in formation of a “joint operational squadron,” featuring both British and Qatari military pilots who will fly together to protect the 2022 Football World Cup.
The contract comes just days after Qatar signed up to buy 12 additional Dassault Rafales from France, adding to the 24 it already has on order, as well as the 36 Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagles being purchased from the U.S.
Qatar now has ordered 96 fighter jets to replace the 12 Dassault Mirage 2000s currently used for the Gulf state’s air defense.
BAE Systems statement on the deal.
BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar have entered into a contract, valued at approximately £5bn, for the supply of Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package.
The contract is subject to financing conditions and receipt by the Company of first payment, which are expected to be fulfilled no later than mid-2018.
The contract provides for 24 Typhoon aircraft with delivery expected to commence in late 2022.
BAE Systems is the prime contractor for both the provision of the aircraft and the agreed arrangements for the in-service support and initial training. Charles Woodburn, BAE Systems Chief Executive said:
“We are delighted to begin a new chapter in the development of a long-term relationship with the State of Qatar and the Qatar Armed Forces, and we look forward to working alongside our customer as they continue to develop their military capability”.
Qatar is also expected to sign the contract for six Hawk training aircraft. However no contract has been signed yet for the deal.
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