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Tue 17 Nov 2009 11:17 AM

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Eurofighter sees Gulf demand for Typhoon jet

Consortium says region is set to represent a big chunk of orders over next 20 years.

Eurofighter said it expects global demand for its Typhoon jets to hit 300 over the next 20 years, with the Gulf Arab region representing a big chunk of orders, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

"We estimate the market for fighter jets globally is 800 in 20 years," Enzo Casolini said at the Dubai Air Show.

"For Eurofighter, we target 300 global export contracts. For the Middle East I'm targeting, to be pessimistic, 50 aircraft, optimistic a 100."

Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of six planes with two more scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2009.

Casolini said Eurofighter - a consortium comprising Britain's BAE Systems, Italy's Finmeccanica and EADS, representing Germany and Spain - saw steady demand from the Gulf Arab states. (Reuters)

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