Saudi Arabia nears Typhoon jet deal with BAE

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Saudi Arabia has moved closer to a deal to buy 48 Typhoon fighter jets, UK aerospace giant BAE Systems has said.

A memorandum of intent on the deal was signed after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson.

BAE said the signing was “a positive step towards agreeing a contract for our valued partner”.

Downing Street said a target of ¬£65bn worth of trade and investment had been agreed during the Prince’s UK visit.

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