Qatar has signed a deal with the US for the supply of 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft to the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) 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 an active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. Qatar currently operates 12 Dassault Mirage 2000 aircraft and has orders for 24 Dassault Rafale fighters.