Qatar Confirms Deal for 24 Typhoon Aircraft

12.12.2017 Qatar
Qatar Confirms Deal for 24 Typhoon Aircraft

Qatar Confirms Deal for 24 Typhoon Aircraft

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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 deal was announced in Doha by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah (photo).

Mr. Williamson said it was a “massive vote of confidence, supporting thousands of British jobs and injecting billions into our economy”.

The UK’s deal with Qatar also includes an agreement with MBDA for Brimstone and Meteor missiles and Raytheon’s Paveway IV laser-guided bomb.

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”.

A £5bn deal to sell Eurofighter Typhoons to Qatar will help safeguard thousands of UK jobs.

BAE Systems employs about 5,000 people in the UK to build the fighter jets, mainly at Warton in Lancashire.

The Typhoon entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in 2007 to replace the ageing Tornado fleet.

The UK’s deal with Qatar also includes an agreement with MBDA for Brimstone and Meteor missiles and Raytheon’s Paveway IV laser-guided bomb.

Qatar signed a letter of intent in September to buy the 24 jets from BAE.

It is the ninth country to buy the Typhoon, with other customers including Saudi Arabia. Talks about a second batch of sales to the Kingdom are ongoing.

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