Kuwait has ordered 28 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, helping to safeguard jobs at BAE Systems in Lancashire.
The contract for 22 single-seat and six twin-seat aircraft follows the announcement of an agreement between the State of Kuwait and the Italian Government for the procurement of the aircraft in September 2015.
The aircraft will be of Tranche 3 standard and will be equipped with the E-Scan radar.
The contract confirms the State of Kuwait as the eighth customer in the programme and as the third customer in the Gulf Region next to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman.
The front fuselage, vertical tail and other detail manufacturing work for the 28 aircraft will be undertaken in the UK by BAE Systems and final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Italy by Finmeccanica.
BAE Systems, which has sites at Warton and Samlesbury, said: “We welcome the signing of the contract today between Italy and Kuwait for the supply of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons. The State of Kuwait will be the third country in the Middle East, and the eighth country overall to operate the aircraft. This confirms Typhoon’s position as the most advanced new generation swing role combat aircraft available today.”