David Cameron hopes to seal deal, which is worth billions of pounds and will safeguard thousands of jobs, on official visit
Oman is expected to sign a multibillion-pound deal to buy 12 fighter jets and eight training planes from BAE Systems on Friday, a sale that the government says will safeguard thousands of jobs in the north of England.
David Cameron is hoping to seal the deal on a visit to Oman, his second since taking office. Cameron will meet the Sultan of Oman to discuss trade and regional foreign policy challenges – including Iran, Egypt and Yemen – and then the two men will view Typhoon fighter jets at the country’s Seeb airport.
Oman is expected to order 12 of the fighters, worth £2.5bn, and eight Hawk 128 training aircraft from BAE Systems.
“I’m determined to put Britain’s first-class defence industry at the forefront of this market, supporting 300,000 jobs across the country,” Cameron said ahead of the deal. “The Typhoon fighter jet performed outstandingly in Libya, and so it’s no surprise that Oman want to add this aircraft to their fleet.” The deal will safeguard jobs at BAE factories in Lancashire and Yorkshire, and small companies throughout the UK that support production of the aircraft, he added.
The Oman deal is part of a government effort to sell 100 aircraft to the Gulf region in 2013, sales which could be worth more than £6bn to UK firms, Downing Street said in a statement.
Exports to Oman in 2012 are already worth more than £370m.