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Kuwait to Sign Deal for 28 Eurofighters 28 January, 2016

Kuwait to Sign Deal for 28 Eurofighters Kuwait is expected to sign a deal to buy 28 Eurofighter aircraft on Jan. 31, according  to an Italian Ministry of Defence source speaking to Defense News. “Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti has been invited by Kuwait to attend the signing for 28 Eurofighter aircraft on Sunday in Kuwait,” Defense News quoted the source. Italy, which is one of the four industrial partners on the Eurofighter program alongside the UK, Spain and Germany, has taken the lead in marketing the aircraft to Kuwait. One senior Kuwaiti Military officials said the decision came after repeated US delays regarding the acquisition of a new fleet of Boeing F-18 Super Hornets. "We were trying to acquire the F-18 Super Hornets and replace the existing fleet of F-18s with Super Hornets and Eurofighter Typhoons," he said.  "However, we cannot wait for the American approval and need to update our Air Force now." A memorandum of understanding was first signed by Italy and Kuwait in September, and a final signature on the contract was initially expected by the end of 2015. The Kuwaiti parliament was required to sign off on the funding. Kuwait has agreed to buy 22 single-seat and six twin-seat Typhoons in a government-to-government agreement. Italian firm Finmeccanica has been handling the industrial side of the sales push. Industry sources have said the deal, which could be worth up to US $ 4.35 billion but Defense News reported as US $ 8.7 billion. 

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