Saudi Arabia’s Tornado IDS and ADV variants – desert kingdom warriors

Saudi Arabia was the only country outside Europe to buy the Tornado.  In 2015, Jon Lake reviewed the service careers of the IDS and ADV variants in the desert kingdom.

More than a dozen nations expressed interest in acquiring the Tornado but eventually only one export order was achieved.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia took delivery of 120 aircraft as part of the Al-Yamamah (Dove of Peace) agreement which earned the UK more than £40bn.  At the time, this single order was the biggest arms deal struck between two nations.


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