Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




AEROSPACE
BAE unveils 2.5-bn pound deal for military jets to Oman
by Staff Writers
London (AFP) Dec 21, 2012


British defence giant BAE Systems unveiled on Friday a 2.5-billion pounds ($4.1-billion, 3.1-billion-euro) deal to sell 12 Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets and eight Hawk trainer planes to Oman.

The deal, which will help sustain thousands of jobs in Britain, is the first major order since BAE Systems failed to merge with European aerospace giant EADS earlier this year, but failed to boost shares in the British company.

"BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman," the London-listed company said in a statement.

"The contract, valued at approximately 2.5 billion pounds, provides for the delivery of 12 Typhoon and 8 Hawk aircraft starting in 2017.

"BAE Systems is the prime contractor for both the provision of the aircraft and the agreed arrangements for in-service support."

British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Oman on Friday, and met with Sultan Qaboos to discuss "ongoing cooperation between both countries in several fields in light of their good relations and the mutual interests of their friendly people," Oman news agency ONA reported.

Oman has historically close relations with Britain and is the only Arab state in the Gulf that also has warm ties with neighbouring Iran, enabling it to become a key mediator between Tehran and the West.

Oman will become the seventh nation in the world, and the second in the Middle East, to own the Eurofighter Typhoon.

"BAE Systems welcomes the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to purchase 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft," it added.

"This contract is further recognition that both Typhoon and Hawk are leading aircraft in their class, providing the best capabilities available.

"As well as supplying aircraft, BAE Systems will provide in-service support to the Royal Air Force of Oman's operational tasks. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2017."

The Eurofighter project consortium comprises Britain's BAE Systems, Italy's Finmeccanica and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS).

"Receiving this contract is an honour and is excellent news for both BAE Systems and the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium," said Guy Griffiths, group managing director for BAE Systems' international business.

"BAE Systems has a long history of working in Oman and we are delighted this contract will enable us to continue to work together.

"We believe that Oman has now added the most advanced fighter jet and proven training aircraft, available in the world, to its military portfolio."

He added: "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 latest order of Hawk jets takes the total number of Hawk aircraft sold, or on order, to 998 after a separate order from Saudi Arabia in May.

Separately, BAE had warned this week that a lucrative deal to sell fighter jets to Saudi Arabia was facing unresolved "issues" five years after an agreement was struck between the two sides.

BAE and Saudi Arabia signed a 4.5-billion pounds ($7.3-billion, 5.5-billion-euro) deal in 2007 to supply 72 Typhoon jets to Riyadh.

The group said Wednesday that ongoing discussions were centred on acceptable pricing terms. BAE added that underlying earnings per share would be hit if an agreement was not reached soon.

Earlier this year, BAE had attempted to merge with EADS but the deal collapsed under the weight of political wrangling and unexpectedly strong opposition from Germany.

In London, BAE shares had plunged by 2.16 percent 340.50 pence in afternoon trading, while the FTSE 100 index on which they are listed was 0.75 percent lower overall.

.


Related Links
Aerospace News at SpaceMart.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





AEROSPACE
Boeing's Final Design for Wedgetail AEW and C Airborne Mission Segment Accepted by Australia
Seattle WA (SPX) Dec 21, 2012
The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW and C) aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. ... read more


AEROSPACE
GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact

AEROSPACE
Opportunity For Some Shoulder Workout At Copper Cliff

Enabling ChemCam to Measure Key Isotopic Ratios on Mars and Other Planets

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer

AEROSPACE
White House to honor scientists, inventors

TDRS-K Arrives at Kennedy for Launch Processing

Sierra Nevada Corporation Selected by NASA to Receive Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract

NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft

AEROSPACE
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

AEROSPACE
Three astronauts blast off for ISS in Russian craft

Soyuz rocket brings trio to space station

ISS Orbit Raised Ahead of Crew Arrival

Station Crew Does Maintenance as Soyuz Rolls to Launch Pad

AEROSPACE
Ariane 5 ECA orbits Skynet 5D and Mexsat Bicentenario satellites

Payload integration complete for final 2012 Ariane 5 mission

Arctic town eyes future as Europe's gateway to space

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013

AEROSPACE
Nearby star is good candidate for Earth-like planets

Venus transit and lunar mirror could help astronomers find worlds around other stars

Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

AEROSPACE
EU: Samsung injunctions against Apple breach rules

MEXSAT Bicentenario Satellite Sends First Signals from Space

JILA physicists achieve elusive 'evaporative cooling' of molecules

Sustainable way to make a prized fragrance ingredient




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement