The face-off between Dassault Aviation and Eurofighter over who will become the Gulf’s top European combat jet supplier continues at the Dubai Airshow, following a year in which both sides have found success in the region.

Dassault secured its first Gulf customer when Qatar signed a deal in May for 24 Rafales, while Eurofighter evened the score by adding Kuwait to a Typhoon customer list that already included Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Although no contract has been signed yet, the Kuwaitis have agreed to buy 28 Typhoons in a government-to-government deal with the Italians, who along with Britain, Germany and Spain, are partners in the fast jet program. The Typhoon is built by the Eurofighter industrial consortium comprising Airbus Defence and Space, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica. […]