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Oman 'wants to buy' Eurofighter planes from the UK

BBC's Dominic Laurie: "The Sultan of Oman seems to want to buy a number of aircraft"

The government of Oman wants to buy a number of fighter jets from the UK, according to Downing Street.

Number 10 said at this stage it was unable to confirm the number of Eurofighter planes - known in the UK as Typhoons - being bought.

The prime minister's spokesman said the sale will help secure British jobs and "further enhance the strong strategic relationship between the UK and Oman".

The aircraft are partly being built by BAE systems.

The company, which makes the aircraft with European partners, said: "Oman is a country with which we have a long and valued relationship and we stand ready and willing to support any requirement it has."

Meanwhile, shadow defence minister Gerald Howarth said if a contract was signed, it would "demonstrate that the Typhoon is one of the leading swing role combat aircraft in the world".

"It is a tribute to Britain's defence industry, which we are keen to support," he added.

Typhoon planes are being built jointly by the governments of the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The aircraft is already in service and the UK is committed to taking 232 of the 600 plus aircraft, which is the largest individual order.

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