KUALA LUMPUR: Oman took delivery of the first of 12 Eurofighter Typhoon at the Adam Air Base, Oman on June 12. Royal Air Force of Oman Chief AVM Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani was present at the welcoming ceremony. The first aircraft is a twin seater.
The Sultanate of Oman announced its decision to purchase 12 Eurofighter Typhoon and eight Hawk aircraft in December 2012. In all the deal is worth $4.06 billion.
No breakdown of the Typhoons were released but it is likely Oman bought two twin-seaters with the rest single seaters.
The delivery follows an official roll-out event held on 15 May 2017 at BAE Systems’ site at Warton, UK, during which the first Typhoon and Hawk aircraft were formally presented to the customer in front of an invited audience.
Meanwhile, Janes reported that on Saudi Air Force took delivery of the 72nd and final Typhoon aircraft, likely on June 6. The report stated
Saudi Arabia ordered 72 Tranche 2 Typhoon aircraft in 2007. At an estimated GBP20 billion (USD41 billion at the time), it was one of the largest defence procurement contracts ever signed.
Under the original plan, the first 24 aircraft were to be built by BAE Systems in the UK, with the remainder to be assembled in-country at the Alsalam Aircraft Company (a joint venture between Boeing, Saudi Arabian Airways, and Saudi Advanced Industries Company). However, this plan was scuppered by issues surrounding the safeguarding of proprietary information at the part-Boeing-owned plant, and the abandonment of a planned new facility at Taif. In 2013 it was instead decided that all 72 aircraft would be built in the UK, with Saudi Arabia focusing its attentions on delivering in-country through-life support to the fleet.
Deliveries began in 2009, with aircraft being handed over to the Kingdom in three batches. Batch 1 covered the initial 24 aircraft, including 12 twin-seaters; Batch 2 was for 24 more aircraft, including six twin-seaters; with Batch 3 made up of the final 24 aircraft, including another six twin-seaters.
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