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Earlier this month, the Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, visited the Boeing Company factory at St. Louis, Missouri, to formally inaugurate the production of F-15QA Eagle multi-role fighters that have been ordered for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). Although no initial delivery schedule has been announced, the 36 are due for delivery by 2022.
Under the Ababeel project, the country has ordered 36 Eagles in a $6.2 billion U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract. Qatar received Congressional approval to acquire 72 aircraft, complete with support packages and weapons, and it is likely that additional orders will be made in the future. The Gulf state is also in the process of receiving Dassault Rafales from France and has ordered Eurofighter Typhoons from the United Kingdom. However, the latter deal has suffered a setback as Qatar has so far failed to meet the deadline for the first of a series of staged payments.
Qatar - F-15s - Version - Fighter - F-15SA
Qatar’s F-15s are the most advanced version of the fighter yet developed. Based on the F-15SA that is being supplied to Saudi Arabia, the F-15QA (Qatari Advanced) has an infrared search and track sensor, a digital electronic warfare suite, and Raytheon’s APG-63(V)3 AESA radar. Unlike earlier F-15s, the new SA and QA versions have fly-by-wire flight control systems. Tests of the FBW Eagle got underway in early 2013.
Moreover, Qatar’s aircraft will have a new wing design that retains the aerodynamic profile but has a new internal structure...
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