Huge contracts related to the sale of advanced F-15 fighters to Qatar have been awarded to Boeing. The company won a number of contracts, worth a total of $800 million, for military aid to the Persian Gulf state. Starting next year, the company will start delivering to Doha 36 F-15QA fighters, advanced versions of the F-15 Eagle.
According to one of the contracts, valued at $240 million, Boeing will supply maintenance services and aircrew training for five years. Another deal, worth $68 million, was signed for maintenance and logistical support before delivery of the fighters to Qatar. This deal includes the training of pilots how to operate the fighters, including personal instruction, training via simulator, and flights.
In a third deal, Boeing will establish a maintenance and training center for aircrews at Al Ubeid base in Qatar. A fourth deal, worth $500 million, includes the supply of replacement parts, components and logistical support.
According to the Defense Blog website, the F-15QA that will be sold to Qatar includes new technologies, greater speed and range, and a bigger munitions payload.