2007-09-23 - Saudis buy TyphoonSaudis buy Typhoon
Eurofighter-Verkauf an Saudi-Arabien<br /> The Government of Saudi Arabia has reached agreement with the UK Government to purchase 72 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft. The agreement follows plans outlined in December 2005 to establish a greater partnership in modernising the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces.
This new defence cooperation programme, known as Project Salam, builds on a long and successful relationship between the UK and Saudi Arabian Governments and their armed forces. The Governments share key objectives on national security and actions to combat global terrorism. Saudi Arabia continues as an important strategic ally for the United Kingdom in the Middle East, playing a moderating leadership role in promoting regional stability.
This agreement will be supported by substantial logistical and training packages, including the opportunity for RAF and Royal Saudi Air Force aircrews and ground technicians to train alongside each other in the UK. Under the terms of the document it was agreed that Typhoon aircraft would replace Tornado ADV aircraft and others currently in service with the Royal Saudi Air Force. BAE Systems would also invest in local Saudi companies, develop an industrial technology plan, and provide suitable training for thousands of Saudi nationals providing through life support for key in-service equipments. Negotiations on the details of the sale of the 72 aircraft, the initial provisioning package, aircrew & technician training in the UK, spares reprovisioning, ground support equipment, technical publications, technical support and contractor manpower support have continued and this agreement on aircraft acquisition marks the start of Project Salam.