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Saudi Arabia To Receive 72 Eurofighters Next Year

Saudi Arabia will receive 72 Eurofighters in 2009, according to Deputy Minister of Defense and Aviation for Military Affairs Prince Khaled ibn Sultan. The twin-engine plane is in use by the German Luftwaffe and the air forces in Britain, Spain and Italy.

Saudi Arabia agreed last year to pay $8.8 billion for the aircraft, built by a consortium in Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain. A previously signed deal provides for the training of Saudi Arabian pilots and a transfer of technology and investments in the kingdom's defense industry.

The deal is unrelated to the proposal by American President George W. Bush to sell Saudi Arabia $20 billion in advanced weapons. The proposal has met stiff opposition in Congress, where legislators have stated fears that the weapons could be used against Israel or even the United States.

 

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