U.K. Pushes Typhoons And Persian Gulf Partnerships

By Tony Osborne
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 02, 2013

While the U.K.'s hopes of securing a United Arab Emirates deal for Eurofighter Typhoons were not realized at the Dubai Airshow late last month, the work toward such a sale is only part of London's ongoing strategy to build partnerships in the Persian Gulf region.

The push to sell the Typhoon to the UAE—led by BAE Systems and backed by the British government—was unlikely to have resulted in a decision in time for the air show, despite the advance excitement about a potential Typhoon deal. The purse strings for defense are held down the road from Dubai, in Abu Dhabi, and a fighter selection by leaders there may be months down the line.

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