Qatar has signed an agreement to purchase 24 Typhoon fighter jets from Britain. This is the second major defence deal signed by Qatar since the crisis began. In June this year, it was announced that Qatar agreed to buy F-15 jets from the US in a $12bn deal.
The agreement was signed by Qatar’s defence chief Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart Michael Fallon.
“This will be the first major defence contract with Qatar, one of the UK‘s strategic partners,” Fallon said. “This is an important moment in our defence relationship and the basis for even closer defence cooperation between our two countries.
“We also hope that this will help enhance security within the region across all Gulf allies.”
The Eurofighter Typhoon is a joint project between British defence group BAE Systems, France’s Airbus, and Italy’s Finmeccanica.
The cost of the aircraft was not revealed. Earlier BAE had signed a deal with Saudi Arabia to deliver 72 Typhoon jets in a deal worth $6bn.
The British ambassador to Qatar, Ajay Sharma, said on Twitter the deal is a “major step” in defence relations between the countries.