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BAE working to secure new Eurofighter Typhoon orders
September 21, 2017
A Royal Saudi Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon. Photo credit: Gordon Zammit via Wikipedia Commons

BAE working to secure new Eurofighter Typhoon orders

With Dassault thriving from a spate of Rafale orders from Egypt, Qatar, and India, the British defence giant BAE is pursuing potential sales opportunities for the Eurofighter Typhoon (jointly developed and produced with Italy’s Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Airbus Defence and Space) in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Belgium.

The platform did secure a $9 billion U.S. deal from Kuwait for 28 Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3, but the principal vendor on that front is Italy’s Leonardo-Finmeccanica.

For BAE, the strongest and most accessible prospect would be a follow-on order from Saudi Arabia, which currently operates 64 Tranche 2 (40) and Tranche 3 (24) fighters, with another 8 due to be delivered. BAE is hoping to secure an additional order of 48 aircraft for £4bn ($4.91 billion U.S.).

In the midst of political and economic uncertainty in the U.K., a Typhoon sale to Saudi Arabia may be viewed by London as a major short-term policy goal (so as to maintain and generate employment).

It is worth noting that under its “Vision 2030” goal, Riyadh is aiming to domestically source 50% of its defence procurements. One can expect commercial offsets to play a key role in this regard, Riyadh needs to charter a capacity building strategy (to produce the requisite skilled labour and industry foundation) to engage in high-tech defence industry work. BAE could potentially offer support on this front (whilst also committing to domestic employment expectations).

Although Bahrain is slotted to procure 19 Lockheed Martin F-16V from the U.S. under a multi-billion-dollar contract (also comprising of upgrade kits for its existing F-16C/Ds), BAE reported that it has been in talks with Manama over the Typhoon. Specific insights (e.g. how many aircraft Bahrain intends to procure) have yet to be released.

In Western Europe, BAE is also setting its sights on Belgium’s looming fighter program, which is aimed at replacing the country’s legacy Lockheed Martin F-16A/B Mid-Life Update (MLU) fleet. In December 2015, Brussels committed to procuring 34 next-generation fighter aircraft (IHS Jane’s).

Notes & Comments:

In contrast to its competitors, the Eurofighter Typhoon is a multilateral venture between three principal vendors in four different countries. The leading vendors – i.e. BAE, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, and Airbus Group – hail from the U.K., Italy, and Germany as well as Spain, respectively.

Each partner has a share in the cumulative manufacturing process, though each vendor could pursue and finalize export contracts independently. Moreover, the Typhoon benefits from a higher level of scale, which it has accrued thanks to the fact that it was developed by a multi-national consortium, with each member committing to procure a relatively sizable number at launch.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Shershahsuri

    Mr. Bilal what are the prospects of Pakistan going for Eurofighter as this is the most suitable match against Indian procurement of Rafale? Two squadrons of Eurofighter wont be a bad idea.

    • Imam Amanullah

      It’s non sense, you can not procure Euro fighter to counter Rafael because in my opinion Euro fighter typhoon is twin engine version of latest F-16.
      So it will be beneficial to buy J-10 or F-16 over an Costly Euro fighter typhoon.
      You can buy two F-16 in price of One Eurofighter. So why spend more money for Non sense things. It suits those Arabic countries .

      • Shershahsuri

        Pakistan has no twin engine air craft so far now. Eurofighters payload, range, speed, manourability, armaments, avionics are far superior to F-16 and J-10. So it suits more the needs of PAF but the question is financial constraints.

      • bill

        Sorry sir but considering Euro fighter in class of F16s and J10 is a crime. So far Paf has not been offered Viper upgrade for F16s and there is no chance in near future, meanwhile J10 latest versions i.e J10b/c are also not cleared for exports. PAF has immediate requirement for a credible platform even before induction of Rafael in IAF.

        To be honest we have no answer for SU30 so far.

  • There are second-hand Eurofighter Typhoons on the market, especially in Italy and Spain.

    In 2010 (or 2011), the Typhoon Consortium offered Romania the Italian jets – with a support and training package – for $1.1 billion U.S. In 2013, Spain had reportedly offered Peru its jets for $60-70 million U.S. a piece. Let’s factor in inflation and a special Pakistan tax, $100 million U.S. a unit for second-hand Typhoons isn’t entirely crazy, at least on technical and monetary terms.

    • bill

      May be due to war on terror Pak should get some concessions/credit lines from European countries as during past decade we only concentrated on F16s and USA which was in larger spectrum a big mistake. We should strengthen or relations with EU countries, Even for heavy class ships for PN we once again after F21s may consider F23 frigates from UK which are much capable and we may further upgrade them expected procurement if considered can be started in 6-7 Years.

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