The State of Qatar has signed a $5 billion deal for 24 Eurofighter Typhoons from Britain.
As reported by the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom, BAE Systems announced the signing of the deal for the purchase of the 24 Eurofighter Typhoons. The deal includes a support and training package as well. The deal also mentions the intent of the State of Qatar to purchase additional aircraft from the UK, namely the Hawk aircraft.
The £5billion deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart Gavin Williamson. The timing is interesting, to say the least. The state of Qatar is in a difficult political situation as the Saudi led boycott of Qatar enters its seventh month. The boycott includes the severing of air and sea traffic from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Against this backdrop, Qatar has been signing defense deals across the west. It has signed deals with the US, Italy and France prior to the most current deal with the UK. Qatar is the 9th country to order the Eurofighter Typhoon, with deliveries due to begin in 2022.
The deal is important to the UK as well. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who oversaw the signing of the deal with his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, said: “It is a great pleasure to sign our biggest export deal for the Typhoon in a decade. These formidable jets will boost the Qatari military’s mission to tackle the challenges we both share in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home. As we proudly fly the flag for our world-leading aerospace sector all over the globe this news is a massive vote of confidence, supporting thousands of British jobs and injecting billions into our economy. The contract will secure work on the production line at Warton into the next decade.”
Photo Credit: Copyright Eurofighter – Jamie Hunter