Saudi to receive 'Eurofighters' in weeks

13.06.2009 KSA

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Saudi Arabia will start taking delivery of most of the 72 Eurofighter aircraft on order from BAE Systems within weeks, the state news agency reported. The 4.43 billion pound ($7.3 billion) contract between Saudi Arabia and its ally Britain, which have been signing arms deals since the 1960s, was announced in September 2007 and was at the centre of corruption allegations that the British government halted on national security grounds. The 48 aircraft will start being delivered to Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks and will be assembled in a number of locations in the kingdom, SPA quoted assistant minister of defence and aviation prince Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz as saying in a statement.

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