Qatar has signed a deal with US for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft for $12 billion.
The deal was inked by Qatari Minister of State for Defense, Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Washington DC . The sale “will give Qatar a state of the art capability and increase security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and Qatar,” the US Department of Defense said in a statement. The deal also includes weapons, support, equipment, and training.
In November, the US approved a possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion but the order was reduced to 36.
The F-15QA is an advanced variant of the two-seat F-15E Strike Eagle equipped with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar.
Qatar currently operates 12 Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft and has orders for 24 Dassault Rafale fighters.