Sale of military equipment from UK to Middle East

FCO 8/2406 1975 Jan 01 - 1975 Dec 31

This file concerns the sale of British military equipment to the Middle East. It contains correspondence and memoranda relating to:

  • The desire of the Egyptian President Anwar Al Sadat to acquire the Anglo-French Jaguar combat aircraft; the opposition of HMG to Egypt being supplied Jaguar aircraft, in the context of the Arab-Israel conflict, with the possibility that the French may supply it; indications given by Sadat, in meetings in Paris on 29 October 1975, of his preference for the British version of the plane
  • A Jaguar aircraft demonstration tour in the Middle East by the British Aircraft Corporation; and a proposed Middle East tour to demonstrate Hunter aircraft by Hawker Aircraft Limited
  • The Cabinet Defence and Overseas Policy Committee’s meeting on 28 October 1975 on the sale of Jaguars to the Middle East
  • HMG’s willingness to allow India to acquire the Jaguar; and the French willingness to allow Iraq to do so
  • President Sadat’s visit to the UK on 6-8 November 1975 to acquire British armaments; itineraries and ministerial briefing papers
  • The visit to London of Dr Peter Hermes of the West German Foreign Office; his meetings in London concerning an international agreement to reduce the trade in arms; and French attempts to persuade the Germans to relax restrictions on jointly-manufactured weapons
  • The commercial opportunities available to British exporters presented by the reopening of the Suez Canal and by Egyptian political and economic liberalisation
  • Britain’s policy on arms sale, including the Export of Goods (Control) Order, 1970 on unlicensed arms sales; HMG’s encouragement of arms sales to friendly countries
  • Rolls-Royce Limited’s presentation on 14 October 1975 regarding marketing in the Middle East
  • Pilkington PE Limited’s plan to hold a symposium on 10 and 11 November 1975 to describe their night vision equipment
  • Arms control in the Middle East; and a report regarding economic and other consequences of any agreement to limit arms to the Middle East
  • A report on HMG’s assistance to the aircraft industry