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Oman agrees on Typhoon and Hawk purchase.

Posted 21 December 2012 · Add Comment

The Royal Air Force of Oman has formally agreed a $4.2 billion deal with BAE Systems for Typhoon and Hawk aircraft.

The UK based company will deliver 12 Eurofighter Typhoon fightets and eight Hawk 128 class jet trainers to Oman, the company said a statement published this morning. The deliveries will begin in 2017.

"Receiving this contract is an honour and is excellent news for both BAE Systems and the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium.," said BAE Systems managing director  Guy Griffiths in the statement. "We look forward to working in partnership with Oman's Ministry of Defence, and the Royal Air Force of Oman, to ensure this is a highly successful programme that maximises the potential of both Hawk and Typhoon."

The Typhoon is built by the Eurofighter consortium which includes BAE Systems, Finmeccanica and EADS.

The deal comes just two days after BAE said delays in agreeing price terms on a 72-plane deal with Saudi Arabia - signed back in 2007 - could impact full year earnings for the group.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is in Muscat today to sign the contract.

“Boosting exports is vital to economic growth and that’s why I’m doing all I can to promote British business in the fastest-growing markets, so they can thrive in the global race,” Cameron said yesterday  in Afghanistan, where he was visiting troops before leaving for the pre-planned visit to Oman.

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