Egregious Dhimmi Myopia Alert from The Australian, with thanks to JE:
BRITAIN and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement to strengthen their defence ties that primarily benefits British company BAE Systems, the British defence ministry said.
The governments of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at establishing a greater partnership in modernising the Saudi Arabian Armed Forces and developing close service-to-service contacts, especially through joint training and exercises, the ministry said in a statement.
The British government recognises “Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop a regional defence industrial centre of excellence”, it said.
As prime contractor, BAE will invest in local Saudi companies, develop an industrial technology transfer plan, and provide suitable training for thousands of Saudi nationals, the ministry said.
Under the document, the European fighter aircraft Typhoon, which is largely manufactured by BAE, will replace Tornado Air Defence Variant aircraft and others currently in service with the Saudi air force.