The United States is to begin building the infrastructure needed for Qatar’s future fleet of Boeing F-15QA Eagle fighter aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 November.
The agency disclosed that the US State Department has approved USD1.1 billion of building work related to Qatar’s programme to acquire 36 F-15QA (Qatar Advanced)-variant fighters.
As noted by the DSCA, the work will include design and construction services, new parking/loading ramps, hot cargo pads, taxiways, hangars, back shops, alert facilities, weapons storage areas, hardened shelters, squadron operations facilities, maintenance facilities, training facilities, information technology support and cyber facilities, force protection support facilities, squadron operations facilities, other F-15QA related support structures, construction/facilities/design services, cybersecurity services, mission critical computer resources, support services, force protection services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
“This proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States,” the DSCA notification said, adding, “Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region. Our mutual defence interests anchor our relationship and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) plays a predominant role in Qatar’s defence.”
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