Qatar constructing base to receive six F-15 war planes from US by 2021- Reports

(Annews24 -Doha) Military Officials stated that thirty six F-15 war planes will be bought from US for $12 billion, the first batch containing six planes will be delivered to Qatar’s Air Force by March of 2021. Boeing was awarded the contract for the F-15s.

Brigadier General Issa al-Mahannadi told reporters at the Al Udeid air base in Qatar that further six planes are expected to be delivered three months after the initial batch is received and four more are expected every three months thereafter. The construction on the area in Qatar for the F-15s would start in 2020 and be completed by 2021, in time to receive the first delivery

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Qatar signed agreements to buy war planes from the United States and Europe last year, Qatar is also buying French Rafale war planes and Eurofighter Typhoon war planes. He also announced in August it would expand Al Udeid base, which hosts the largest US military facility in the Middle East, to accommodate the F-15s and other fighter jets.

But General Mahannadi reinstated that “This is not a purchase, it is a strategic partnership with the US,”

The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by US President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and representatives from Qatar were set to meet Wednesday to seal the agreement, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters. Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets.

In November, the United States approved possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21.1 billion. Boeing Co is the prime contractor on the fighter jet sale to the Middle East nation.

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Trump on Friday accused Qatar of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism, potentially hindering the US Department of State’s efforts to ease heightening tensions and a blockade of the Gulf nation by Arab states and others. #Annews24