Qatar's first F-15QA fighter takes off for the first time in the United States

Qatar's first F-15QA fighter takes off for the first time in the United States

The first Boeing-built Boeing F-15QA multi-functional fighter for the Qatar Air Force made its first flight. This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of Qatar.


The first F-15Q for the Qatar Air Force first took off in St. Louis (Missouri, USA). The plane flew unpainted.

For the first time, Qatar announced the possibility of acquiring fourth-generation American fighter F-15s in 2016. In November 2016, the US State Department even approved the sale of 72 fighters to Qatar in the amount of $ 21,1 billion, but the Barack Obama administration blocked the deal.


In 2017, the United States and Qatar nevertheless signed an agreement to supply Qatar with the American program of intergovernmental military sales Foreign Military Sales (FMS) 36 multifunctional twin-engine twin-engine fighters Boeing F-15QA. The cost of the agreement, including armaments, equipment and training, is $ 12 billion, while the cost of 36 planes themselves is $ 6,2 billion. Another 36 fighters are in the option, which is valid until 2026.

The Qatari F-15QA is reportedly close to the F-15SA fighter jets delivered by Saudi Arabia. Qatari F-15QAs are equipped with Raytheon AN / APG-63 (v) 3 radars with AFAR and General Electric GE F110-129 engines.

The first fighters should go into service with the Qatar Air Force in March 2021, the end of the supply of the entire batch of aircraft is scheduled for the end of 2023.

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  1. sanik2020 April 15 2020 13: 23 New
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    If they had bought a UFO, it would have been news, as well as everyday life.
  2. Doccor18 April 15 2020 13: 30 New
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    Qatar is arming well, 72 heavy fighters for such a modest country - this is very decent.
    1. Borik April 15 2020 13: 46 New
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      So far, only 36, and there they decide how to buy and how much or not to buy.
    2. iouris April 15 2020 16: 40 New
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      This is an immodest country.
    3. Private-K April 16 2020 08: 55 New
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      This is an investment and a status upgrade, and not a “defense enhancement” (tm).
  3. askort154 April 15 2020 14: 06 New
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    Don’t feed the Arabs with bread, let’s just hang around.
    We started with camel racing.
    Then they went on to jeep racing in the desert, with gold numbers.
    Then on armored personnel carriers and tanks,
    Now we switched to airplanes.
    Well, why the "stub", measuring 170x85 km, 72 modern fighters ?!
    There is nowhere to accelerate to a decent speed. fool
    1. ximkim April 15 2020 14: 18 New
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      Quote: askort154

      Well, why the "stub", measuring 170x85 km, 72 modern fighters ?!
      There is nowhere to accelerate to a decent speed. fool
      They invest money. They can lend or provide in cases of conflict. Yes, and Qatar and the United States partners.
      1. askort154 April 15 2020 14: 34 New
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        ximkim ..They invest money. They can lend or provide in cases of conflict. Yes, and Qatar and the United States partners.

        The Arabs owe their present wealth to the Anglo-Saxons, since they found oil and gas under them. And so, they still slept under the camels in a dusty storm, remaining true Bedouins, and not "swagger" on super-modern technology. Now on their "bubble", half of the banks in England and the United States are thriving. The Anglo-Saxons found this gold-bearing vein, and now they will not come off it until it runs dry. hi
        1. ximkim April 15 2020 14: 43 New
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          They don’t think so. Just as the USA looks at the whole world, so the Arabs look at the USA .. hi
  4. donavi49 April 15 2020 14: 14 New
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    By the way, there, in Libya, a Western claw collapsed near Haftar. And Zintan repaints - where they spotted the Qatari donkey with bucks.
    Zintan Brigades negotiating about defecting to the #GNA. If Zintan re-alligns with the GNA, situation could change very fast in #Libya.

    For a day, lost territories without Zintan. Tripoli restored the land route to Tunisia. Red is what Haftar left.


    Both sides are actively using UAVs, including the new ones - suicides.


    Turks wreak havoc on the roads with UAVs. Actively burn tanks - no one fights without fuel.

    1. yfast April 15 2020 14: 36 New
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      Is there fuel to retreat, but no to attack? Some sort of contract.
  5. knn54 April 15 2020 14: 17 New
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    Boeing Su-35 does not give rest.
  6. Ros 56 April 15 2020 14: 57 New
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    How is it that the plane does not have time to take off, and Qatar is already over?
  7. mvg
    mvg April 15 2020 23: 10 New
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    172 million / board. Plus as many simulators and spare parts. repeat Maybe more weapons are coming. Who is talking about the inflated prices for Guinpin?
    1. Private-K April 16 2020 09: 02 New
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      Quote: mvg
      172 million / board. Plus as many simulators and spare parts. feel Maybe more weapons are coming. Who is talking about the inflated prices for Guinpin?

      This is due to the increased set of spare parts, engines, service package (factory / company "support") and all that. In today's world, this must be taken immediately upon purchase; otherwise, in spite of promises and advertisements, in case of problems you simply can’t get through to the company.
      Well, the airplane itself is expensive - this cannot be taken away.
      A penguin35 special claims because it was originally positioned as a cheaper replacement for all other aircraft.