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BAE agrees price on Typhoon jet deal with Saudi Arabia government

British defence firm announces deal on 72 Eurofighter aircraft (Typhoon jets) during Prince Charles visit to Saudi royals and deputy PM
Saudi Arabia initially agreed on a £4.4 bn price-tag for the aircraft in 2007, but BAE tried to extract more money after the Saudis requested advanced weaponry and equipment for the jets, which are being built in Warton, Lancashire.
The Guardian published this February 19, 2014

Prince Charles in Riyadh with Prince al-Waleed bin Tala

Prince Charles on Wednesday with the Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

The so-called Salam deal (Peace deal?), negotiated between the Saudi and UK governments, was announced on Wednesday during Prince Charles‘s visit to the country. The prince’s spokeswoman said that BAE  “did not come up in any of his conversations” with the Saudi royal family and politicians, including the deputy prime minister, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz.

The Typhoon deal became politically sensitive when it was revealed that Tony Blair, as prime minister, put pressure on the attorney general to drop a fraud inquiry into BAE’s previous sale of Tornado combat jets to Saudi Arabia.

BAE refused to state how much Saudi Arabia had now agreed to pay for the jets, but said it expected a “cash settlement” in the next few months. More than 30 of the jets have already been handed over.

Ian King, BAE’s chief executive, said: “This is an equitable outcome for all parties. I am pleased that we have been able to conclude this negotiation which builds on our long-standing relationship with this much valued customer.”

BAE had warned that any further delays with the deal would knock about 15% off its earnings per share.

The Saudi deal conclusion comes 3 months after BAE lost a proposed £6 bn agreement to sell 60 of the jets to the United Arab Emirates, despite the personal intervention of David Cameron.

The prime minister made two trips to try to persuade the UAE to sign the deal and pleaded the company’s case with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

The signing of the Saudi deal was welcomed by analysts who said it could help BAE make further inroads in the region. “There is considerable relief that this long-running problem has been resolved,” said Howard Wheeldon, an independent defence analyst.

“It does open up some very interesting doors, not only in Saudi Arabia, but across the Arabian peninsula.”

Bahrain, Qatar and Malaysia are also considering buying the Typhoon rather than competitors such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 made in the US, France’s Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter, and the Gripen from Sweden’s Saab. Oman agreed in 2012 to buy 12 of the jets.

Robert Stallard, analyst at RBC Capital, said:

“With Salam cash coming in, this should give BAE more flexibility for cash deployment moving forward. It also allows the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to move on to other potential agreements.”

The money from the Saudi Typhoons will help BAE complete its pledge to return cash to shareholders by buying up £1bn of its shares.

BAE’s shares spiked in early trading at the announcement but later dropped back, to end the day down 0.8p to 436.8p.

The company, which has been affected by governments around the world cutting back on defence spending, is on Thursday expected to report a 9% increase in annual profits to £1.8bn, according to analysts at the investment bank Deutsche Bank.

Rolls-Royce, a rival, shocked investors last week when it warned that there would be a “pause in revenue and profit growth” after cuts in defence spending.

More than £3bn was wiped off the Rolls-Royce company’s share price after it called an end to a decade of revenue growth.

BAE builds the Eurofighter alongside the European aerospace group Airbus and Italian defence contractor Finmeccanica“. End of article.

Apparently, what Europe has to export to the Middle-East is military hardware.

France got $3 bn from Saudi Arabia in order to export military hardware to the Lebanese army. The army has yet to find out what kinds of weapons France is willing to deliver that would be acceptable to Israel. (to be used against whom?)

Egypt’s Al Sisi struck a $3 bn deal with Russia for arms shipment, particularly fighter jets and tanks. To be used against whom?

Iraq wants fighter jets from the US. To bomb whom?

Mind you that Israel receive for free all the most sophisticated weapons from the US and Europe, including Patriot air defenses and half a dozen nuclear submarines from Germany (to be used against whom?)

It is a virus: You scratch one spot and it spreads; (Jan. 29, 2010)

It is a virus; a sort of mushroom that spreads over your skin and inflicts crazy itching.

You start scratching one spot and you end up lapidating your entire body.  It has affected me for over a month.

I finally saw a physician, not a skin specialist, in the town dispensary and she told me that she witnesses many such cases lately.

The virus is in the air and that is how you are contaminated; many victims experienced lousy moments for many weeks.

The physician prescribed a single pill (costing $8) with effects that last for a week. Got to take another pill for a second week; that should take care of the mushroom.

The physician said that without the pill the itching takes 6 weeks to subside.

In my case and with the pill I should be okay within days: I was healed the next day.

I decided for the second pill to make sure that the mushroom is dead once and for all.  I am not sure: three weeks later and I am itching; not necessarily of mushroom; but what do I know?

Itching is not the main topic of this article: it just gave me a perfect analogy.  The virus is Israel.

If you say Israel is an apartheid State because it subjugates the Palestinian people to a different law of the land than the one applied on the Jew,s then Israel is upset.

If you say Israel is a theocratic State because it extends citizenship to any Jew who sets foot in Israel then Israel is angry.

Why, all of the over 600 religious laws that govern daily life, as applied by the Pharisee during Jesus time, are still valid and harshly controlled.

The secular Jews agree that Israel is back to the Dark Age, but how to convince the US neo-conservative “Christians” that this is so?

If you say that Israel is comfortable with ghetto-like environment because it cordonned off all its frontiers by walls (frontiers that are not yet delimited in its Constitution) then Israel is appalled

If you say Israel is a Sparta State because it believes in military resolution for any contention with any neighboring State then Israel is incensed. Why?

Israel is worse than Sparta: after 3 years of forced military service the citizen has to submit to a month per year in “the reserves” service.

If you say Israel has been committing crimes against humanity since before its inception in 1948, and Gaza is the latest in evidence, then Israel rejects Goldstone’s report in all its sections.

If you say Israel has a peculiar kind of “democracy” that was called “apartheid democracy” in South Africa where laws are selectively and not equitably applied on all citizens; or if you say that the kind of democracy applied in Israel is barely a developed version of City-States democracies of Antiquity such as applied in Athens, Tyr, or Sidon then Israel feels obfuscated.

I you say Israel refuses to grow up and abide by its responsibility as a member of the United Nations and respect UN decisions then Israel is furious: Israel constantly expects the US to cover up illegal activities with the veto power.

If you say the Arab States want peace for returning all the conquered lands in 1967 as proclaimed in 2002 Arab Summit in Beirut then Israel feels resentful and laughs it off.

If you say that Israel is a racist State because the UN declared “Zionism a form of racism” then Israel is up in arms to drop this statement.  Can you believe it?

Israel is investing money to demonstrate that Indians living in the region of Malihabad, (near Lucknow in the Uttar Pradesh), and known as Pathans Afridis are Jews from the tribe of Ephraim that lived in northern Galilee during Jesus time.

The Indian Shahnaz Ali was hired by Israel Institute of Technology to test the DNA of this “tribe” and hopefully extrapolate the results to include the Pashtoun tribes on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Is that a form of racism? Since when any religion was based on race?

I did a rough estimate: I figured out that the Phoenicians are over one billion, give or take one standard deviation, and are spread over the five continents!

If you say that Israel is “the vastest psychiatric ward in the world with no treating personnel” then Israel is ready to lambaste the Israeli author as a schizophrenic, leftist, and probably “anti-Semitic” mole.

If you say that Israel is indeed a very, very peace loving State then Israel is infuriated because you are mocking it.  It is a virus.

No matter what you say is non receivable.

Best attitude is to censure your opinions and refrain from mentioning Israel, Jews, Judaism, Hebrew, or the Diaspora.

One term is admissible: Jews were gazed by Nazism and the number better be exact: 6 millions no less and not one over that scientifically reached number.

Repeat: Jews were gazed and not shot, poisoned, killed, trampled, or exterminated in any other form of “final solutions”.

Repeat: Exactly 6 millions or the holocaust literature would have to be republished; any number over 6 millions and Germany would be infuriated and Merkel would have to cancel the seventh nuclear submarines, built for free for the State of Israel, at Germans’ tax payer expenses; and for what use are these nuclear submarines put in service?  Maybe to support NATO policies?

It is a virus: mushroom or no mushroom you feel itching like crazy and Barack Obama and George Mitchell first of all.




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