Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defense agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson. Williamson said it was the biggest order for Typhoons in a decade, and it follows a billion-dollar deal signed by Qatar on December 7 to buy 12 French Dassault Aviation warplanes.
Alongside supplying the Typhoon aircraft, with delivery expected to commence in late 2022, BAE Systems will provide a bespoke support and training package. The State of Qatar becomes the ninth country in the world – and the fourth in the Middle East – to choose Typhoon. Typhoon operates around the world 365 days a year. Its continuous capability enhancements have produced an advanced swing-role platform which will meet the requirements of the Qatar Armed Forces.