BAE Systems to open office in Bahrain

DUBAI - BAE Systems has announced that it will open an office in Bahrain to support the contract, announced earlier this year by the Bahrain Defence Force, for the establishing an indigenous flying school for the Bahrain Defence Force.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 5 Aug 2003, 5:45 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:45 PM

The contract forms the final part of a four-phase approach to flying training, pilot selection, basic flying training in Slingsby Firefly aircraft, synthetics and simulation, ultimately leading to Hawk Jet advanced flying training.

The BAE Systems office in Bahrain will be in Manama and is expected to be fully operational within the next few months.

Simon Keith, BAE Systems' managing director, Middle East said: "This move underlines our commitment to the Kingdom of Bahrain and to fulfilling a contract which has demonstrated the leading position the Hawk aircraft has, in Arab markets, for advanced jet trainers." .

Bahrain will become the fifth Hawk aircraft user in the Gulf Co-operation Council. The contract is constituted under a Government-to-Government memorandum of understanding, which underpins the close relationship between the two nations, and particularly between the Royal Bahrain Air Force (RBAF) and Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF).

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