UAE pulls plug on Eurofighter aircraft agreement: BAE Systems
December 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
LONDON -- The United Arab Emirates has pulled out of talks with the UK government to purchase Typhoon Eurofighters, British defense company BAE Systems announced on Thursday.
“BAE Systems and the UK government have been in discussions with the government of the United Arab Emirates regarding a range of defense and security capabilities including the potential supply of Typhoon aircraft,” a statement said. “The UAE have advised that they have elected not to proceed with these proposals at this time.”
The development could see the UAE now turn to Rafale fighter planes, made by French aerospace group Dassault Aviation, to replace its ageing French Mirages.
It could also turn to Lockheed Martin, the U.S. group producing next-generation F-35 jet fighters. But Sandy Morris, analyst at Jefferies financial group, told AFP that this was very unlikely after Israel had already agreed to buy F-35s.