August 26, 2013
Credit: BAE Systems
A medley of defense procurements by Persian Gulf states, including purchases of the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, could prompt a U.K. government decision to base British forces in the Middle East.
With sales of the fighter jet secured in Saudi Arabia and Oman and campaigns underway in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and, more recently, Bahrain for up to 12 aircraft, Persian Gulf leaders are said to be keen for a greater and more permanent British presence in the region as the U.K. prepares to draw down combat operations in Afghanistan. Such a move would be a dramatic reversal of the U.K.'s policy that ended the permanent basing of British forces east of the Suez Canal.