Saudi Arabia: Military Aid

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 9th July 2020.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will publish the (a) dates on which the 90 Saudi military personnel received Typhoon training at RAF Coningsby in 2019, (b) course curriculum and (c) ranks and roles of those military personnel who received that training.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Please see table below for the various dates and courses on which Saudi military personnel received Typhoon training at RAF Coningsby. It should be noted that the 90 personnel did not all attend the same courses.

Course Name

Start Date

Finish Date

Typhoon OPCON

November 2018

May 2019

Typhoon OPCON

March 2019

August 2019

Typhoon OPCON

September 2019

March 2020

Typhoon Maintenance Consolidation Training

January 2019

July 2019

Typhoon Maintenance Consolidation Training

July 2019

December 2019

The roles of personnel being trained is a matter for the Royal Saudi Air Force. Therefore, we do not hold information relating to specific roles. However, the courses are attended by technicians and aircrew.

I am withholding the information relating to course curriculum as disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice both commercial interests and international relations between the United Kingdom and another State.

Additionally, I am withholding the ranks of the personnel under our obligations in relation to the protection of confidentiality when handling a small data set.

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