Qatar to buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets
On September 17, UK Defense Secretary announced Qatar’s intent to proceed with the purchase of Typhoon aircraft and the further strengthening of the United Kingdom’s defense relationship with the State of Qatar. The price per unit of the Typhoon is estimated at $94-121 million.
During a visit to the Gulf state, Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, signed a Statement of Intent concerning Qatar’s proposed purchase of 24 Typhoon aircraft.
Defense Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “After a number of years of negotiations between our two countries, I am delighted to have been able to sign today with Qatar’s Defense Minister, this Statement of Intent on the purchase of 24 Typhoon aircraft by Qatar.”
In 2016, the Gulf country signed a $7.5 billion deal to procure 24 Dassault Rafale fighters from France.
The Eurofighter Typhoon is jointly built by Airbus, BAE and Leonardo (former Alenia Aermacchi) and has had 510 units built as of June 2017.
The intention of Qatar to purchase a batch of fighter jets signifies a turn for the better for the producing consortium, which had been struggling with securing orders.
In July 2016, Austria announced retiring its 15-strong fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons starting 2020 due to “limited equipment and significant cost uncertainty”
Qatar is currently under an economic blockade from its neighboring countries that accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorism at a state-level. The crisis has severely hit the country, with Moody’s saying that Qatar has spent almost $40 billion (almost a quarter of its GDP) supporting its economy during the first two months of the blockade.
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