BAE Systems has announced that it received the first payments for the Typhoon and Hawk contract with Qatar, on Sept. 18, making the deal effective.
The contract signed in December 2017 between BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar for the supply of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package was subject to financing conditions and receipt by the Company of first payment. The contract was amended in June to include the supply of nine BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft along with an initial support package.
The company said in a statement that these conditions have now been met, and the contract valued at approximately £5bn has become effective with receipt of the first payment.
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. Deliveries of the first Typhoon and Hawk aircraft are expected to commence in 2022.
Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter manufactured by a consortium of Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo that conducts the majority of the project through a joint holding company, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH formed in 1986.
The Typhoon entered operational service in 2003; it has entered service with the air forces of Austria, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Saudi Arabia. The air forces of Oman, Kuwait and Qatar are export customers, bringing the procurement total to 599 aircraft as of 2016.
BAE Systems Hawk is a British single-engine, jet-powered advanced trainer aircraft which is also used as a low-cost combat aircraft.
Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force (notably the Red Arrows display team) and a considerable number of foreign military operators. The Hawk is still in production in the UK and under licence in India by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) with over 900 Hawks sold to 18 operators around the world.