Saudis prep for WAR - Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

11 March, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • BREAKING: Saudis prep for WAR – Kingdom to buy 50 fighter jets from UK

The deal for the sale of Typhoon warplanes has been under discussion for years, but the two sides could not reach any agreement as they disagreed over the place of production of the jets, with Saudi Arabia urging to have some parts of the process on Saudi soil.

"The UK government has signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to aim to finalize discussions for the purchase of 48 Typhoon Aircraft", the statement said.

The Eurofighter fleet will gradually replace the Tornado GR4 fighter bombers operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

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"We are committed to supporting the kingdom as it modernises the Saudi Armed Forces and develops key industrial capabilities critical to the delivery of Vision 2030, BAE Systems said in a statement".

News of the sale comes as Crown Prince and de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman visits the United Kingdom amid protests.

Despite an unusual advertising blitz that saw adverts promoting Prince Mohammed and Saudi Arabia appear in national newspapers and on taxis and electronic billboards across London, the visit was knocked from the British front pages by the poisoning of a Russian double agent.

Later this month Prince Mohammed, 32 will visit the United States, which also wants lucrative ties with the country.

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But she has also raised concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen with the Crown Prince during his visit.

The British government is defending the sale of the planes to Saudi Arabia amid growing pressure to completely halt arms exports to Saudi Arabia with critics warning it will strengthen Riyadh's hand in its ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

Germany earlier this year halted arms sales to the parties involved in the Yemen conflict, prompting Saudi Arabia to say it would find weapons elsewhere.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced swing-role combat aircraft available and there are nearly 500 in service across Europe.

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It is the primary quick reaction and expeditionary aircraft of the UK, Spain, Germany and Italy.

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