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Qatar seeks Hawk jet trainers

10 October 2017

Qatar’s recent letter of intent (LOI) for the procurement of Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft also included the provision of six previously undisclosed BAE Systems Hawk jet trainers.

Qatar has been revealed to be in the market for the Hawk (pictured in Saudi service) as part of a wider intent to procure the Eurofighter Typhoon. (BAE Systems)Qatar has been revealed to be in the market for the Hawk (pictured in Saudi service) as part of a wider intent to procure the Eurofighter Typhoon. (BAE Systems)

The inclusion of the Hawks was revealed in a wider BAE Systems communique announcing organizational changes within the company that was issued on 10 October.

“Discussions with current and prospective customers continue to support our expectations for additional Typhoon and Hawk orders, including the recently announced statement of intent by Qatar to purchase 24 Typhoon aircraft […that] also included the intention to purchase six Hawk aircraft,” the press release said.

Qatar has already signed an agreement with the United States for the procurement of 36 Boeing F-15QA (Qatar Advanced)-variant Eagles, and ordered 24 Dassault Rafales from France. If all of the LOIs and orders are realised, the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) will increase its frontline fighter force from the current 12 aircraft to upwards of 84.

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