The British government is in early talks with Bahrain over a potential order for the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter.

King Hamad al-Khalifa, in London this week, met with British Prime Minister David Cameron midweek for talks on a range of regional and other issues, including Bahrain’s plans for a modernization of its armed forces.

No numbers have been mentioned so far, but the Bahrainis are thought to be looking to eventually buy about 12 aircraft, probably to replace a squadron of aging F-5 Tiger jets currently in service alongside two squadrons of F-16s, said industry executives here. […]