Saudi Crown Prince talks anti-terror efforts with UK Defense Secretary

RAF Typhoon jet

Upon the arrival of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the military base, Typhoon fighter jets performed a fly-past to welcome him along with a guard of honor while the national anthems were played.

Defence company BAE Systems PLC said Friday the United Kingdom government has signed a preliminary agreement with Saudi Arabia to finalise the sale of 48 Typhoon fighter jets.

The Eurofighter fleet will gradually replace the Tornado GR4 fighter bombers operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

BAE Systems added in a statement that the order would help Riyadh modernise its armed forces under the kingdom's "Vision 2030" economic plan, while no financial details were given.

Following the blockade by UAE and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is bolstering its defense capabilities to meet any hostile situations from its neighbors.

"The Crown Prince's visit has opened a new chapter in our two countries' historic relationship", British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said.

In a similar thanks cable to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the establishment of the Strategic Partnership Council between the two countries, noting that the move confirms the determination of the two kingdoms to proceed with enhancing relations between them.

Germany earlier this year halted arms sales to the parties involved in the Yemen conflict, prompting Saudi Arabia to say it would find weapons elsewhere.

He added: "If agreed, this shameful deal will be celebrated in the palaces of Riyadh and by the arms companies who will profit from it, but it will mean even greater destruction for the people of Yemen".

However, opposition MPs and people in the aid sector have slammed the deal due to Saudi Arabia's ongoing military operations in war-torn starvation hit Yemen, the Guardian reported.

Although May noted that she would raise humanitarian concerns about Yemen in his meeting with bin Salman, she stressed that all arms sales to Saudi Arabia were strictly regulated.

Some 5,000 people are employed by BAE Systems on the Typhoon programme, covering production and support.

The Eurofighter Typhoon is the most advanced swing-role combat aircraft available and there are nearly 500 in service across Europe.

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