Uncertainty persists over BAE's $ 5 billion Typhoon sale to Saudi Arabia

B AE Systems declined to say how a ban on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi could affect a blockbuster deal to sell Typhoon fighters to the Gulf nation.

The defense giant last year agreed to a preliminary sale with Saudi Arabia for 48 of the planes – which BAE is building as a member of a pan-European consortium with Airbus and Leonardo – as part of a £ 5bn package. plus.

However, in the wake of the Khashoggi killing, Germany imposed a ban on exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia, which accounts for 1[ads1]2pc of BAE revenues.

Announcing positive half-year results, Chief Charles Woodburn refused to be drawn to the likely impact of export bans such as …

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