BAE Systems and the Government of the State of Qatar have entered into a contract, valued at approximately £5bn, for the supply of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force along with a bespoke support and training package.
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”.
Qatar earlier signed a contract for 12 additional Dassault Rafale fighter jet from French aerospace major, Dassault Aviation.
About Eurofighter Typhoon:
Eurofighter Typhoon is a twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter designed and manufactured by Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH consortium. The consortium includes Alenia Aermacchi (Leonardo since 2017), Airbus Group, and BAE Systems.
The first prototype of the finalised Eurofighter made its first flight on 27 March 1994.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a highly agile aircraft, designed to be a supremely effective dogfighter in combat. Later production aircraft have been increasingly better equipped to undertake air-to-surface strike missions and to be compatible with an increasing number of different armaments and equipment, including Storm Shadow and the RAF’s Brimstone missiles.
The Typhoon had its combat debut during the 2011 military intervention in Libya with the Royal Air Force and the Italian Air Force, performing aerial reconnaissance and ground-strike missions.
The Typhoon entered operational service in 2003 and is operated by the air forces of Austria, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Saudi Arabia. The air forces of Oman and Kuwait are export customers, bringing the procurement total to 599 aircraft as of 2016.