The Royal Air Force of Oman has taken delivery of its first Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
The arrival of the first aircraft, one of a batch of 12 scheduled to be delivered to Oman, was reportedly marked with a ceremony in the presence of the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman, Air Vice-Marshal Mattar bin Ali bin Mattar Al Obaidani, at Adam Air Base, Oman.
According to Eurofighter:
“The delivery follows an official roll-out event held on 15 May 2017 at BAE Systems’ site at Warton, UK, during which the first Typhoon aircraft was formally presented to the customer in front of an invited audience including His Excellency Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidi, the Sultanate of Oman’s Minister Responsible For Defence Affairs (MRDA), and the Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman.”
Oman is purchasing Typhoons as a replacement for its SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft. Through previous years Oman had remained interested in ordering Typhoons though the Saab JAS 39 Gripen was also being considered.
In December 2012, the Royal Air Force of Oman became the Typhoon’s seventh customer when BAE Systems and Oman announced an order for 12 Typhoons to enter service in 2017.
The first of the Typhoons ordered by Oman were, according to a BAE Systems’ press release, “formally presented to the customer” on the 15th of May 2017 in a ceremony we covered. The presentation included a flypast by a Royal Air Force of Oman Typhoon.