Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF)’s first Boeing F-15QA fighter jet got painted in its custom dual-tone livery, Boeing said in a statement.
The F-15QA aircraft, as well as the paint scheme, were specifically designed for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, said the statement.
Watch as the F-15QA is painted in its custom livery. The most advanced #F15 fighter jet ever built, this aircraft – and the paint scheme – were specifically designed for @MOD_Qatar Emiri Air Force. pic.twitter.com/P3C8rseHCJ
— Boeing Defense (@BoeingDefense) June 11, 2020
According to Boeing, the F-15QA (Qatar Advanced) is the most advanced version of the F-15 jet ever manufactured. Qatar’s F-15QA is similar to the F-15SA (Saudi Advanced) jet operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The Advanced Eagle is an upgraded variant of Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle which is, in turn, a development of the legacy McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.
QEAF’s first Boeing F-15QA performed its maiden test flight in April. The aircraft took off and landed at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis and the jet “demonstrated its next-generation capabilities” during its 90-minute flight.
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Boeing a $6.2 billion contract in 2017 to manufacture 36 F-15 fighter jets for the QEAF. Boeing will begin delivering aircraft to the customer in 2021. In addition, Boeing was awarded a U.S. Air Force foreign military sale contract in 2019 for F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training for the QEAF.
The F-15QA brings to its operators next-generation technologies such as fly-by-wire flight controls, digital cockpit; modernized sensors, radar, and electronic warfare capabilities; and the world’s fastest mission computer. Increases in reliability, sustainability and maintainability allow defense operators to affordably remain ahead of current and evolving threats.
Through investments in the F-15QA platform and partnership with the U.S. Air Force, Boeing is now preparing to build a domestic variant of the advanced fighter, the F-15EX. F-15EX became a program of record for the Air Force when the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020 was signed on Dec. 30, 2019.
In January, the Air Force issued public notifications of its intent to award sole-source a contract to Boeing for eight jets. Future plans call for as many as 144 aircraft.