Friday, September 7, 2007

Saudi-UK’s US$8bn fighter aircraft deal close to completion

by Christina Corbett from Arabian Business

In addition to the supply of Typhoon aircraft, also covered is the upgrading of Saudi Arabia's Tornado aircraft and the provision of advanced weapons systems. This will make the Saudi defence force's capability equal to that of the British armed forces in terms of hardware and equipment, and potentially "second only to that of the US," according to our source ... Much of the impetus behind Saudi Arabia's acquisition of new military equipment is accredited to the aggressive stance adopted by neighbouring Iran. The ‘understanding document' between the British and Saudi Arabian governments underpinning the original Al Yamamah deal (‘dove' in English) was signed nearly two years ago in late 2005, however the project has been beset by corruption allegations in which members of the Saudi Royal family were implicated.

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