SHAH ALAM: Qatar Typhoon and Hawk Deal Effective. Qatar’s deal to buy 24 Typhoon jets and nine Hawks is now officially effective after BAE Systems received its first payment it was announced on Sept. 18, 2018. The deal, worth around £5bn includes the aircraft and a bespoke support and training package.
Qatar is now buying nine Hawk trainers, rather than six, which will also be welcome news for BAE Systems’ factories in Warton and Brough which make the jets, says the UK Defence Ministry.
UK Export Finance’s (UKEF) £5bn package of support was vital to securing the deal, including by providing financing and insurance. UKEF’s role is to support UK exports including by providing export finance to enable overseas buyers to purchase goods and services from the UK, and export insurance for companies selling overseas.
The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Dr Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, oversaw the signing of the deal in Doha in December. Deliveries of the first Typhoon aircraft are expected to commence in 2022.
The deal also involves a package of training and co-operation between the British and Qatari Air Forces which will see them working closely together in the future. A new UK-based Typhoon joint squadron, reformed as No.12 squadron, will comprise both Qatari Emiri Air Force and RAF personnel, including pilots and ground-crew based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire ahead of the delivery of the aircraft. It represents a unique initiative, with the RAF not having formed a squadron with another nation since the Second World War and the Battle of Britain.
The UK and Qatar share mutual interests in countering violent extremism, and ensuring stability in the region, and the deal further reinforces those ties by helping to prevent terrorism from spreading and protecting the prosperity and security of the UK at home.
Qatar is the ninth country to purchase the Typhoon, with the deal sustaining thousands of UK jobs.
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Welp, this is one figure for us to contemplate if thinking about buying Typhoons and Hawks.
Equivalent to Rm 27billion, though of course this is inclusive of sponsoring British pilots to train in Qatar, and that would be a very hefty chunk of costs.
I was thinking that What happens if our Current Goverment would buy Typhoon Insterd of Rafale….. if on Our Next Year Budget. 12 to 24 I Guess
I’m still against Malaysia purchasing Typhoon due to the problems that it was built as an air superiority aircraft, unlike the Rafale which was multirole from the beginning and have more flexibility. Heck, the Typhoon needed to get upgraded first in order to have air-to-ground capabilities.
One of the main requirement for the MRCA programme is that the fighter should have anti-ship capability. The Typhoon didn’t even have anti-ship missiles compatibility in the first place until much later, unlike the Rafale again.
As for trainer/LIFT, the South Korean T-50 Golden Eagle is the best option than the Hawks.
Here we go again… Pardon my French, but when will this MRCA mental masturbation end?
If it included 10 years support cost then it sounds bearable, being around 500 million pound a year. Still way above our affordability though as if we can’t afford RM1. 8 billion maintenance budget a year, how does one expect to afford Rm3 billion a year for typhoon
I bet well buy sH during next PM take over govt due to his good tie with u.s
Personal view after consulting those in the know. Both Typhoo} Typhoon and Rafale are not suitable for RMAF. High maintenance cost and expensive. 0Better buy the more reliable Americans planes such as the upgraded F15, F16 or my favourite, the Super Hornet and if Malaysia have money, maybe F35 (not really my favourite).
If base on affordability the choice would be limited to SH, Gripen or FA50 Golden Eagle
Super Hornet Always a Better Choice but I don’t know if PH gonna Accpet it
Logically we only can afford sH / gripen
Aewc is the game changer & provide advance capabilities..learn from the past war..
Together with sam , its suitable for covering our strategic assets.
Mkm for air superiority & long range attack ,but its readiness issue & red tape hassle from anna kournikova country give ultimate headache.but it is still a better option just in case u.s embargoed spare parts due to unprecedented@unpredicted political/regional issue in the future.
You must be in the late 30s or early 40s by your reference to Anna…..not saying its bad, just guessing…
F35 has very high maintenance costs too, more than Typhoon and Rafale.
Then suddenly (we) found out (we) could barely even afford @ maintain a squadron of A-29 Super Tucanos.
Ooh, for crying out loud…..
Tun in his interview from London stated next budget will focus more on debt settlement and education. “WE CAN STILL SURVIVE EVEN WITH OUTDATED AIRCRAFT” said the man