Boeing has been awarded a contract, worth around $6 billion, that provides for the foreign military sales (FMS) requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA fighter jets for the Qatar Emiri Air Force.
The undefinitized contract action contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. FMS funds in the amount of around $3 billion are being obligated at the time of award.
According to the Pentagon statement, the contract work will be performed at Boeing’s facility in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.
The Boeing F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) is a variant of McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle developed for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. It was announced in November 2016 that the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar in a $21.1 billion deal that includes weapons, support, equipment, and training.
On 14 June 2017 it was announced that Qatar had signed a deal to purchase 36 F-15QAs for a cost of US$12 billion.
F-15E Strike Eagle
McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole strike fighter derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.
The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare (EW) aircraft.
U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intake ramps (although CFTs can also be mounted on earlier F-15 variants).
The Strike Eagle has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya, among others. During these operations the F-15E has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and provided close air supportfor coalition troops. It has also been exported to several countries.