Against Iran or Saudi Arabia: Why did the US deploy F-22s to Qatar?


The US air base in Qatar remains one of the main bastions of the US military presence in the Middle East. In the summer of 2019, just in the midst of a deteriorating relationship with Iran, 12 F-22 aircraft were transferred there. Why: against Iran or as a warning to Saudi Arabia?


The US Air Force Base El Udeid in Qatar plays a very important role in maintaining control over the situation in the region. It houses the headquarters of the Central Command of the US Armed Forces, the US Air Force Command, as well as the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom. The total number of personnel of American troops at the air base is estimated at about 10 thousand people. At the same time on the runway of the base can accommodate up to 100 aircraft.

As soon as Iranian-American relations deteriorated in the summer of 2019, the Pentagon decided to transfer 12 F-22 aircraft to Qatar. The first fifth-generation fighter, the F-22 began to be mass-produced in 2001. Despite the fact that its production was discontinued ten years later, the fighter is still actively used by the U.S. Air Force, including in the Middle East.

On June 27, 2019, aircraft belonging to the 1st Fighter Wing and the 192nd Fighter Wing of the Virginia National Guard were transferred to Qatar and remained on the territory of this Arab monarchy until early February 2020. On February 4, aircraft arrived at an air base in Spain, and then were relocated to Langley, USA. It turns out that in Qatar, American fighters were present for more than six months, more likely performing tasks to demonstrate the military power of the United States.

Our country called, and we responded to the deployment in a short time, sending the F-22 to Qatar for the first time in stories,

- Colonel David Lopez, the commander of the 1st fighter wing, told reporters about the withdrawal of American aircraft from the air base in El Udeida.

Why did you choose the F-22 when sending American planes to Qatar? Perhaps the main reason is the multifunctionality of Raptors, which he demonstrated, including five years earlier, during the fighting against the Islamists in Syria.

A multifunctional aircraft is capable of not only attacking air targets and enemy positions, but also counteracting air reconnaissance, covering troops and rear support facilities. Amid worsening relations with Iran, the presence of such aircraft in close proximity to the Iranian borders significantly increased the power of the American coalition.


Of course, the position of the Qatari authorities also played a role. They are interested in expanding the American presence in the country as much as possible. Indeed, the Qatari armed forces, despite generous funding, are very small and are unlikely to protect the country from more powerful neighbors in the person of the same Iran or even Saudi Arabia.

Despite some disagreements with both the United States and a number of states in the region that are Washington's strategic allies, Qatar generally welcomes the presence of the US military at the base in El Udeida. At the beginning of 2019, it became known about the offer of Qatar to take on the costs of expanding the American air base.

The Minister of Defense of Qatar, Khaled bin Muhammad al-Attiyah, talking about the project to expand the base, said that it is planned to build new barracks, but in addition, Qatar insists on changing the status of the base - they see El Udeid among the U.S. military bases in the Middle East.


Without American military assistance, the Qatar army will still not be able to defend the country

Here you can draw a certain parallel with the countries of Eastern Europe. True, Qatar, unlike Latvia or Estonia, has money, and considerable, but the emirate’s defense depends entirely on support from Western patrons - the United States and Great Britain. Qatar is well aware that without the presence of an American military base, the country's security will be in jeopardy, given the difficult relationship with almost all its neighbors - from Iran to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

By the way, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have repeatedly advocated the withdrawal of US troops and a military base from Qatar. At the same time, representatives of the kingdom and emirates explained their position by the fact that Qatar supports terrorist groups operating in Syria and Libya. For the Qatari authorities, in turn, the base is a guarantee against a possible invasion of the troops of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
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  1. Alien From 25 February 2020 20: 02 New
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    It is very unlikely that the beetles for military operations threw them, for the show off as usual ....
  2. Range 25 February 2020 20: 03 New
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    Why did you choose the F-22 when sending American planes to Qatar? And FIG knows!
    But away from the S-400.
    1. NEXUS 25 February 2020 23: 43 New
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      Quote: Spectrum
      Why did you choose the F-22 when sending American planes to Qatar? And FIG knows!

      Because for the USA it’s a chumodan without a pen. And it’s a pity to throw it away and bear it hard. How many battle-worthy dinosaurs remain in operation? Taking into account catastrophes, typhoons, banal cannibalism (since there is no assembly line, and therefore no spare parts) ... according to the most optimistic estimates of 100 pieces. Now let's add to this the eternal problems with software, coverage, and flyers , oxygen system, etc., as well as the cost of an hour of operation with the total cost of this device and it turns out ... that there is no exhaust from this. The lizard is outdated godlessly, and it does not have a full replacement for mattresses.
      1. Range 26 February 2020 01: 12 New
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        NEXUS, do not take it for flattery, but I love to read your comments - biting and accurate. Thanks! from me plus. Duc, plus to the plus to all this foot and mouth disease, in addition, also naked .., t.b. Without clothing. And it seems to him that no one sees his flabby Faberge. lol This is a type of elusive JOE.
    2. GAF
      GAF 26 February 2020 19: 53 New
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      Quote: Spectrum
      But away from the S-400

      And closer to Iran. At present, 200 km. - not the distance for the Persians compared with what it was 15-20 years ago. "Raptor" may not fly up.
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    1. Nikolay3 25 February 2020 20: 24 New
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      And the plane is so stunning as if God himself passed his hands over this miracle.)

      And why is he so good? Just do not write that stealth. There are no invisible aircraft in nature, but there are subtle ones.
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        1. kpd
          kpd 25 February 2020 21: 31 New
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          The very first pancake was lumpy and it was called F-117.
    2. NEXUS 25 February 2020 23: 44 New
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      Quote: 013
      And the plane is so stunning

      It was. About 15 years ago.
      1. Ka-52 26 February 2020 08: 25 New
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        NEXUS (Andrey) Yesterday, 23:44 NEW
        And the plane is so stunning

        It was. About 15 years ago.

        Well, not true. the functionality of the F-22 to gain air supremacy is now one of the most serious in the world. And he has few equal competitors in this business, very few.
  4. Shahno 25 February 2020 20: 11 New
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    Qatari generally well done. .. Often they helped us. And they don’t leave their own.
    1. Sergey Sfiedu 29 February 2020 20: 35 New
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      "Qatari generally well done ... Often they helped us." What is true is true. Our ambassador, for example, was beaten to a state of disability, their proxy our passenger plane over. Sinai was blown up. God save us from such "friends."
  5. Jack O'Neill 25 February 2020 20: 21 New
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    The US air base in Qatar remains one of the main bastions of the US military presence in the Middle East. In the summer of 2019, just in the midst of a deteriorating relationship with Iran, 12 F-22 aircraft were transferred there. Why: against Iran or as a warning to Saudi Arabia?


    It is obvious that it is against Iran. Saudi Arabia them Raptors for what to scare?
    And Qatar is located close to Iran, much closer than Saudi Arabia, which means that efficiency will be higher.

    Why did you choose the F-22 when sending American planes to Qatar? Perhaps the main reason is the multifunctionality of Raptors, which he demonstrated, including five years earlier, during the fighting against the Islamists in Syria.

    The choice fell on the Reptor because it is an interceptor. This is to shoot down Iranian planes.
    As a multi-functional fighter-bomber, the F-35 is much better, and for these tasks it would have been placed instead of the Raptor.
  6. cniza 25 February 2020 20: 29 New
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    By the way, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have repeatedly advocated the withdrawal of US troops and a military base from Qatar. At the same time, representatives of the kingdom and emirates explained their position by the fact that Qatar supports terrorist groups operating in Syria and Libya. For the Qatari authorities, in turn, the base is a guarantee against a possible invasion of the troops of Saudi Arabia and the UAE.


    What kind of snake ball is there, guess who will bite someone ...
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  8. TatarinSSSR 25 February 2020 21: 39 New
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    Whoever says anything and as if in his chest did not drum with a jingo, but the F-22 Raptor is really a dangerous plane. This is a truly unique car. It is clear that it is insanely expensive and very problematic in maintenance and operation, but ... Precisely as the perfection of technology is really a breakthrough aircraft not only for its time - in 2001, it had no equal in the air at long and medium distances. Of course, it is not particularly suitable for close combat and dog landfills. But even for the wealthy United States, he was ruinous for money. And now why not use it - after all, airplanes are also aging. And it’s necessary to squeeze out the benefit.
    1. Nikolay3 25 February 2020 21: 50 New
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      Quote: TatarinSSSR (Tatarin)
      Whoever says anything and as if in his chest did not drum with a jingo, but the F-22 Raptor is really a dangerous plane. This is a truly unique car.

      What is the uniqueness of the F-22? Your above, vis-a-vis, couldn’t say anything specifically - age makes itself felt.
      Quote: TatarinSSSR (Tatarin)
      Just like the perfection of technology - this is really a breakthrough aircraft not only for its time - in 2001, it had no equal in the air at long and medium distances.

      Now the F-22 is not equal? More specifically.
      Are you a Russophobe quack? If there are patriots ... I am waiting for an answer, otherwise - you are a talker! And not from Russia!
      1. Sergey Sfiedu 29 February 2020 20: 40 New
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        I would also like specifics. But ... the first thing that comes to mind - is the Su-57 already in the army? Is there already a radar with AFAR on the Su-35 and is it made using stealth technology? So, yes - "Raptor" - at least a dangerous opponent.
  9. knn54 25 February 2020 21: 40 New
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    The United States is not satisfied with the normal relations of Qatar with Iran.
  10. rocket757 25 February 2020 22: 00 New
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    BV is a big tangle of hot problems.
    In short, the adder is still one.
    Where, well, it still nests to the one who imagines himself a "great spellcasters".