Cameron in Oman as BAE unveils plane order

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in Oman on Friday as Britain's defence giant BAE Systems announced a £2.5-billion ($4.1-billion) deal to supply fighter planes and trainer jets to the sultanate.

Cameron "has arrived for a visit to the sultanate that will last a few hours in which he will meet Sultan Qaboos," Oman's official ONA news agency reported without giving details.

On Thursday, Cameron paid a pre-Christmas visit to British troops serving in Afghanistan, insisting that the "high price" paid by servicemen had been worthwhile, his office said.

On his way home as he arrived in Oman, which has close economic and military ties with Britain, BAE Systems announced in London that it has sealed a multi-billion dollar fighter jets deal with Muscat.

"BAE Systems and the government of the Sultanate of Oman have entered into a contract for the supply of Typhoon and Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman," the London-listed company said in a statement.

"The contract, valued at approximately £2.5 billion, provides for the delivery of 12 Typhoon and 8 Hawk aircraft starting in 2017."

Oman will become the seventh nation in the world, and only the second in the Middle East after Saudi Arabia, to operate the Eurofighter Typhoon.

"We believe that Oman has now added the most advanced fighter jet and proven training aircraft, available in the world, to its military portfolio," said Guy Griffiths, group managing director for BAE Systems' international business.

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