BAE Systems Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) and the first Eurofighter Typhoon for Oman were presented at Warton airfield in the UK to senior officials from the Sultanate and the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) on May 15th.
Eight Hawk AJTs and 12 Typhoons were ordered by Oman in December 2012, which were scheduled to be delivered from this year. According to unofficial reports the worth is worth nearly 2.5 billion pounds.
According to Chris Boardman, Managing Director, BAE Systems Military Air & Information, the company has a proud and long history of working in Oman. It has been built over more than half a century. The latest event will further strengthen this special relationship.
Back in 2002, RAFO has ordered F-16, and till this time UK had almost been the sole supplier of military aircraft to the Sultanate, along with other support and substantial training.
The Typhoons will be taking the place of Jaguar strike aircraft which are there in service for almost forty years. The new aircrafts will be delivered in the Tranche 3 multi-role configuration.
BAE Systems is also taking care of the construction of a new airbase at Adam in Oman, where all the Typhoon fleet will be housed.
The Typhoons and Hawks aircraft developed for Oman will be the last ones to be manufactured and flown at Warton, till the time new orders come in.
The order of 72 Typhoons from Saudi Arabia is almost delivered with only four aircraft left. Same is the case with 22 Hawk AJTs that were ordered by the Saudis.
According to BAE Systems, Saudi Arabia has placed another order for 22 Hawk AJT, but these will be assembled in the Kingdom.
Manufacturing of 160 Typhoons, to be supplied to the UK Royal Air Force is almost complete. Most of the new jets that are manufactured for the RAF have been stored either at two RAF airbases and Warton.