BAE Systems has been awarded with a $4.1 billion contract for 12 Typhoon fighter jets and 8 Hawk aircraft, according to an Associated Press article.
The announcement was made last Friday during British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Oman.
The deal will make Oman the seventh country to possess the Eurofighter Typhoon jet when the units are delivered in 2017.
Cameron said this may signal a larger presence of U.K. troops in the Gulf state moving forward and a proper strategic defense relationship.
He also said that this would provide a great boost for the British aerospace and defense industry and safeguard thousands of jobs in the U.K.
The British PM also visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi last month in order to promote British arm sales.
Countries in the gulf region have been undergoing a weapons buying–spree due to the possibility of military action against Iran and its alleged nuclear weapons.
Oman has a large stake in the conflict because they share jurisdiction of the Strait of Hormuz with Iran. The strait provides a route for one-fifth of the world’s oil supply.
According to the article, BAE and Oman also have existing contracts for the Jaguar fighter aircraft and the BAE Systems Hawk but this is the largest to date.