Thales lodges itself in F-35 visor
The French defence group is claiming ownership of one of the key technologies that has gone into the new US fighter aircraft. [...]
BAE Systems is Britain’s leading defence company. After winning the massive Al Yamamah contract with Saudi Arabia in the 80s, the company expanded into the US. BAE is a major player in big defence programmes such, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and submarines.
Brothers Mansour and Salah Fustok, are Lebanese Sunnis who have been established in the Gulf for more than 40 years. A third brother, Mahmoud, died in a road accident in 2006 but the two remaining brothers remain the gatekeepers that foreign companies need if they want access to the entourage of the king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. They owe their close relationship to him to [...]
Chief executive of Blenheim Capital Partners since its foundation in 2006, Grant Rogan has been active in the Gulf since the 1980s. His father, Richard Grant Rogan, was already a connoisseur of the region. Middle East director of Northrop Grumman in the 1970s, he was a regular contact of Adnan Khashoggi, the famous Saudi arms dealer. His son, Grant, quickly opted to specialise in the discreet offs [...]
Fadel Al Kaabi, formerly of the Tawazun sovereign fund, set up the International Golden Group (IGG) in 2002. The company, which is headed by Fadel's uncle, former armed forces deputy chief of staff Mohammed Hilal Al Kaabi, specialises in partnerships with Western defence groups like France's Thales, Britain's BAE, Paramount of South Africa and Italy's Selex. In 2013, IGG also went into partnership [...]