Qatar receives the first batch of US F-15 combat aircraft | Qatar news

The launch took place at a ceremony held at Boeing’s headquarters in the United States.

Qatar has received the first batch of the new generation of F-15 combat aircraft, which are produced by the United States and Boeing in partnership with the Gulf state.

The launch took place on Wednesday at a ceremony held at Boeing’s headquarters in the US state of Missouri, in the presence of Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah.

The minister said that Qatar is acquiring the planes for defensive purposes, adding that the new planes have better combat specifications and are faster than the older F-15 planes.

“The launch of the F-15QA is critical, not only in terms of capability but also in terms of the enhanced partnership it represents,” US media quoted Gen. Greg Gillow, commander of the 9th Air Force, as saying at the event.

“The U.S.-Qatar relationship is essential to the stability and security of the Central Command’s area of ​​responsibility, and we are grateful to our coalition partners for their continued focus on building interoperability and joint readiness,” he added.

Qatar signed agreements to buy warplanes from the United States and some European countries in 2017 after a political dispute arose between it and its neighbors – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.

After the rival Gulf states imposed a blockade on Doha, they agreed with Washington and Boeing to buy at least 30 aircraft equipped with the latest technical means.

Experts say the new F-15QA combat aircraft are among the best in terms of speed and maneuverability during both offensive and defensive missions.

Boeing is providing maintenance and logistical support for the Qatar F-15QA program during pre-delivery pilot training, which began earlier this year.

In addition, Boeing will establish and operate a center for aircrew training and maintenance for the Qatari Emiri Air Force at Al Udeid Air Base until 2024 while providing spare parts and logistical support within the country once the aircraft are delivered, according to local US media reports.

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