Military Capabilities

Qatari minister defends acquisition of three fighter types

19 January 2018

Qatar’s decision to buy three different types of advanced fighter jets will not create additional financial and manpower burdens, according to Dr Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, the emirate’s minister of state for defence.

“If we said this 20 years ago, I would believe you,” he told journalists in London on 17 January. “But with this new generation [of fighters], they don’t have this complication. Most of them will have a common system [and] common weapons, even if they are from different countries.”

Qatar currently has 36 Boeing F-15, 36 Dassault Rafale, and 24 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters on order to replace 12 Mirage 2000s.

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