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The day after Prince Charles donned traditional robes and joined Saudi princes in a sword dance in Riyadh, Britain's biggest arms company announced that agreement had finally been reached on the sale of 72 Typhoon fighters sold to the Gulf kingdom. Announcing the deal last Wednesday, Ian King, chief executive of BAE, manufacturer of the jets, said the public was "never going to know" how much the Saudis would pay for them. They were reported to have initially offered £4.4bn, but BAE had been pressing for more.