A RAF 3 (F) Squadron Typhoon over Dubai participating at the Dubai (UAE) airshow. (Image © Eurofighter Cons.)

UAE Typhoon deal collapses, odds in favour of Rafale

A RAF 3 (F) Squadron Typhoon over Dubai participating at the Dubai (UAE) airshow. (Image © Eurofighter Cons.)
A RAF 3 (F) Squadron Typhoon over Dubai participating at the Dubai (UAE) airshow. (Image © Eurofighter Cons.)

The possible sale of 60 Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft to the United Arab Emirates has ‘crashed’. After more than a year of intensive talks, the UAE doesn’t want to continue negotiations with BAE Systems. The British company acts on behalf of the Eurofighter consortium.

Odds are now in favour of the French made Dassault Rafale, as the UAE continues to have a new fighter requirement. The UAE are said not to be seriously interested in alternatives such as the Swedish Saab Gripen. But the American made F-35 Lightning II cannot be totally ruled out.

It is uncertain why the UAE broke off the negotiations. Apart from the price setting and high maintenance costs, recent reports from Germany might have upset the leadership of the Emirates.

BAE Systems continues to renegotiate the sale of 72 Typhoons to Saudi Arabia and 12 to Oman. Bahrain is also interested, but no progress reports on that front.

© 2013 AIRheads’ Marcel Burger

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