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17 Feb 2011 By ANDREW CHUTER DefenseNews
BAE Systems is set to abandon plans to assemble the bulk of the 72 Typhoon fighters on order from Saudi Arabia in-country and instead complete the aircraft on the existing production line at Warton in the U.K. Releasing its 2010 earnings report here on Feb. 17, the British defense contractor said the program was likely to be adjusted to accommodate changes requested by the Saudis. "These may include relocating final assembly of the last 48 of the 72 aircraft, the creation of a maintenance and upgrade facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," according to the company. "In addition, the last 24 of the aircraft might be delivered with modifications to allow future incorporation of [the Typhoon] Tranche 3 capability."