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Qatar buys 24 Typhoon fighters as part of $8 billion deal

11 Décembre 2017

The company will also offer a support and training package as part of the deal that will help secure around 5,000 jobs in the UK.

The deal also includes an intention for Qatar to buy further military equipment from Britain, including the purchase of Hawk aircraft. It took less than 14 years for the firm and its European partners to deliver the first 500 Typhoon jets, but orders have dwindled in recent years and the production rate at the firm's factory in Preston, England, has reportedly slowed. The contract is subject to financing conditions and expected to be fulfilled no later than mid 2018.

BAE Systems employs about 5,000 people in the United Kingdom to build the fighter jets, mainly at Warton in Lancashire.

BAE chief executive Charles Woodburn said the contract, worth £5bn to the company, was the start of a long-term relationship with Qatar and its armed forces.

The $8bn deal was completed in Doha by Qatar's Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson.

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It provides for 24 Typhoon aircraft, with delivery expected to commence in late 2022.

"These formidable jets will boost the Qatari military's mission to tackle the challenges we both share in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home", said the British minister.

'As we proudly fly the flag for our world-leading aerospace sector all over the globe this news is a massive vote of confidence, supporting thousands of British jobs and injecting billions into our economy'.

He also agreed a package of training and cooperation between the air forces under which they will work together more regularly, including Qatari pilots and ground crew receiving training in the UK.

Williamson said it was the biggest order for Typhoons in a decade, and it follows a billion-dollar deal signed by Qatar on 7 December to buy 12 French Dassault Aviation warplanes.

Qatar buys 24 Typhoon fighters as part of $8 billion deal