Kingdom to receive 72 Eurofighters next year

January 27, 2008

Saudi Arabia will take delivery of 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft next year, Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation for Military Affairs Prince Khalid bin Sultan said yesterday.


Prince Khalid made the remarks in a press conference after opening a symposium on the dangers of asbestos currently underway in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia signed a contract with Great Britain to purchase the Typhoons at a cost of 4.43 billion pounds [$8.8 billion] in September 2007. The Ministry of Defense and Aviation said that the Kingdom is purchasing the fighters at the same price paid by the Royal Air Force.

The deal followed an August 2006 agreement in principle and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Saudi Arabia and Britain to modernize the Saudi armed forces. The agreement also includes a transfer of technology, investment in the Saudi military industry and aviation training for Saudis.

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