17/11/2013 1 Comentário
BAE Systems, empresa britânica do setor de defesa, está pressionando para que se assine um acordo de £ 6 bilhões com os Emirados Árabes Unidos para a venda de caças Eurofighter. No início deste mês, a empresa anunciou reestruturamento e demissões devido a uma queda na demanda.
UK PM due in UAE for arms, jet fighter deals
PressTV – 17/11/2013
Britain’s weapons manufacturer BAE Systems is vying to ink a more than 6 billion pound deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to sell the Persian Gulf Arab country the Eurofighter jet system, local media reported.
The possible deal will be discussed during the Dubai Airshow this week, when Prime Minister David Cameron visits the region to clinch a number of weapons sale accords to pump Arabs’ petrodollars into the UK’s struggling economy, British media reported.
The UAE has been contemplating for a year now to choose between the Eurofighter, which is a joint product of BAE, EADS and Italy’s Finmeccanica, and France’s Dassault Systems Rafale aircraft for an order of at least 60 jets.
Last year, the UAE was expected to finalize an agreement for the Rafale, but talks faltered following visits by Cameron and after Abu Dhabi said the terms were unworkable and uncompetitive.
Industry sources familiar with the Eurofighter expressed hope that a memorandum of understanding or contract will be signed at the air show.
“It’s still pending, but Cameron’s pushing like hell for it,” an industry source said on condition of anonymity.
The BAE has long been marketing in the Persian Gulf region for selling the Eurofighter to the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Bahraini regime.
If the company could secure the UAE deal and another order from Saudi Arabia, its production line would have the much required job guarantees for four years to 2022 at a rate of 30 planes a year, said BAE’s Chief Executive Ian King.
The BAE Systems announced on November 6 that it would cut 1,775 jobs in Scotland and England and end its shipbuilding section altogether at Portsmouth amid a “significant” drop in demand.