Boeing has presented its new version of the F-15 fighter, the F-15QA, for the Qatari Air Force. A ceremony for the rollout of the fighter was held at the Boeing factory in St. Louis, Missouri, in the presence of senior Boeing executives and U.S. Air Force officers as well as dignitaries from Qatar. The plane includes a munition targeting system made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The QA version of the F-15 is similar to the F-15AI that the Israeli Air Force intends to purchase.
The version intended for the Qatari Air Force is equipped with an precedented variety of advanced munitions and missiles, including Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, long-range AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and JDAM precision bombs. The plane also has a Sniper targeting pod and a Tiger Eyes infrared search and track system.
The first 15 pilots from the Qatari Air Force who underwent training to operate the planes were introduced at the launch ceremony. The first F-15QA will be supplied to Qatar at the end of the year. The Janes website reported that Boeing will establish an instruction and maintenance center for the new planes at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.