Monday, September 17, 2007

Well, what have we here?
Saudi Arabia 'buys 72 Eurofighters'

Saudi Arabia says it will pay the same price for the Eurofighter as the British government [File: EPA]
Saudi Arabia has signed an $8.9bn deal with the British government to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets from UK-based manufacturer BAE Systems.

Negotiations on the deal began last year, but it had been feared that the deal could fall apart after allegations that bribes were paid to Saudi officials in a deal completed more than 20 years ago.

"A contract was signed between the two governments to buy the plane on Tuesday, Shaaban 29 (September 11) at a cost of 4,430 million pounds sterling," a statement on the official SPA news agency said, attributed to a defence ministry official.

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