After discussions for a 60 aircraft contract with French Company Dassault for their Rafale fighter failed during final negotiations, the UAE decided to take competing proposals into consideration. Currently, they are viewing the Eurofighter Typhoon along with Boeing’s F-15E Strike Eagle and F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Boeing says it is very possible that another Middle Eastern fighter contract could be announced this year:
“We hope to see potentially an announcement this year but these are all competitive and all government-to-government type transactions. But we are optimistic and we may see a decision in the region for another fighter aircraft,”
—- Paul Oliver, Boeing chief of Middle East/Africa operations.