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Qatar finally receives US green light for acquisition of 72 F-15QA fighters.

| 2016
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Qatar
Qatar finally receives US green light for acquisition of 72 F-15QA fighters

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 72 F-15QA aircraft with weapons and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $21.1 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on November 17, 2016.

Qatar finally receives green light from US for acquisition of 72 F 15QA fighters 640 001An USAF F-15E Strike Eagle pilot demonstrates the aircraft's maneuverability April 9, 2011, during the Charleston Air Expo at Joint Base Charleston S.C.
(Credit: USAF/Airman 1st Class James Richardson)
The Government of Qatar requested to purchase 72 F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft and associated weapons package; the provision for continental United States based Lead-in-Fighter-Training for the F-15QA; associated ground support; training materials; mission critical resources and maintenance support equipment; the procurement for various weapon support and test equipment spares; technical publications; personnel training; simulators and other training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total program value is $21.1 billion.

"This proposed sale enhances the foreign policy and national security of the United State by helping to improve the security of a friendly country and strengthening our strategically important relationship. Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region. Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) plays a predominant role in Qatar's defense," the DSCA stated on its website.

The prime contractor will be Boeing Corporation of Chicago, IL and additional contractors include BAE Systems, Arlington, Elbit Systems of America, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and Rockwell Collins.



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