Qatar will buy 24 Typhoon fighter jets worth $8bn from the United Kingdom as the Gulf state continues to stock up on high-tech weaponry, according to reports from Al Jazeera.
The deal, which represents the biggest order for Typhoon fighters in more than a decade was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson. “These formidable jets will boost the Qatari military’s mission to tackle the challenges we both share in the Middle East, supporting stability in the region and delivering security at home,” Williamson said.
The deal for the Typhoon jets will also includes training of Qatari air force personnel
The two countries also agreed to create a Joint Operation Squadron, the start of a partnership between Qatar’s air force and the British Royal Air Force (RAF).
“The squadron tackles all air combat operations, ensuring combat readiness for all Qatari and British pilots and technicians,” a spokesman confirmed, adding: “It will have a notable role in operational coverage and aerial security during 2022 World Cup events.”
Qatar said on Thursday it would buy 12 Dassault Rafale fighter jets from the French aviation company in a deal worth $1bn.