Chiefs of defence staff from across the region, along with top brass from the UK and the US were at the event – the first of its kind in Bahrain and running alongside the fourth Bahrain International Airshow.
The Kuwait Air Force (KAF) commander, Staff Major General (Pilot) Abdullah Al Foudary, (pictured right) said that the $12.2 billion deal for 28 Typhoons, announced in September 2015, had not yet been signed, among suggestions that Boeing will still be pushing its Super Hornet.
Foudary is himself an F-18 pilot.
A squadron of F/A-18 Hornets is currently flying operations over Yemen as part of the Saudi-led coalition from Khamis Mushayt Air Base on Saudi’s western border.
Al Foudary said that the legacy F/A-18s are likely to remain in service for the foreseeable future, with a replacement not expected until 2030.
Other KAF assets flying missions involved in the Saudi-led coalition are C-17s and KC-130Js. The latter are providing refuelling cover, as well as transport, humanitarian and air mobility operations, alongside the KAF’s two C-17s.
Sources in Kuwait confirmed the contract had not been signed but fully expected the formalities to be completed soon.
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