BAE Systems Welcomes Oman Order for Typhoon and Hawk Aircraft
(Source: BAE Systems; issued Dec. 21, 2012)
The Sultanate of Oman has finally ordered 12 Eurofighter Typhoons, as well as 8 Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, after several years of talks. The deal is valued at £2.5 billion. (BAE photo)
We welcome the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to purchase 12 Typhoon and eight Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft. 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, we will provide in-service support to the Royal Air Force of Oman's (RAFO) operational tasks.
Deliveries are expected to commence in 2017.
Responding to the announcement Guy Griffiths, Group Managing Director for BAE Systems' International business said: “Receiving this contract is an honour and is excellent news for both BAE Systems and the Eurofighter Typhoon consortium. 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.
“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.”
Oman becomes the seventh country in the world, and the second in the Middle East, to operate the Typhoon, joining the air forces of the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Saudi Arabia.
This order of Hawk AJT's follows an order from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in May of this year. This order takes the total number of Hawk aircraft sold, or on order, to 998.
This announcement also strengthens the long standing relationship between ourselves and the Sultanate of Oman. Oman currently operates Jaguar fighter aircraft and trains pilots on an earlier variant of the BAE Systems Hawk.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to British press reports, the contract is worth £2.5 billion.)
Eurofighter Typhoon Welcomes Oman as a New Customer
(Source: Eurofighter GmbH; issued Dec. 21, 2012)
HALLBERGMOOS, Germany --- The Eurofighter community welcomes Oman as a new member to join the international defence programme. Oman will become the seventh customer to operate the world’s most advanced new generation swing-role/multi-role combat aircraft.
On behalf of the Eurofighter consortium and its European Partner Companies (EPC) the CEO of Eurofighter, Enzo Casolini, said: “We are pleased to welcome Oman as the newest member of our Eurofighter family. Eurofighter Typhoon is an exceptional aircraft and is already proven and trusted by six nations to effectively perform in all operational environments. This is wonderful news and another milestone in the history of our successful programme. We are looking forward to developing a long-term partnership with the Royal Air Force of Oman.”
Since entry-into-service in 2004, more than 340 aircraft have been delivered to six nations: the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and export customers Austria and Saudi Arabia. There are now 20 Eurofighter Operating Units all over the world. So far the worldwide Eurofighter fleet has achieved over 160,000 flying hours.
Eurofighter Typhoon is the world's most advanced new generation real multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft available on the market and has been ordered by six nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). With 719 aircraft on contract and 571 aircraft ordered, it is Europe’s largest military collaborative programme and delivers leading-edge technology, strengthening Europe’s aerospace industry in the global market.
More than 100,000 jobs in 400 companies are secured by the programme. Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH manages the programme on behalf of the Eurofighter Partner Companies: Alenia Aermacchi/Finmeccanica, BAE Systems, Cassidian in Germany and Spain, Europe’s foremost aerospace companies with a total turnover of approx. EUR123.2 billion (2011).