Qatar signs $12 billion deal to buy F-15 jets from US

Published: June 15, 2017
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FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet does a low-level flyby over Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jet does a low-level flyby over Forward Operating Base Bostick in eastern Afghanistan January 1, 2009. PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA, QATAR: Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion.

The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticised 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.

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Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets. The sale will increase security cooperation and interoperability between the US and Qatar, the Pentagon said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. Defense Secretary Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defense Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah also discussed the current state of operations against the ISIS and the importance of de-escalating tensions so all partners in the gulf region can focus on next steps in meeting common goals, the Pentagon added.

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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. Boeing declined to comment. 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.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Khwaja
    Jun 15, 2017 - 9:28AM

    Who will fly them in case of war as locals will all move to Europe etc then ?Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jun 15, 2017 - 1:11PM

    @Khwaja:
    Maybe Pakistani.Recommend

  • Naveed Ahmed
    Jun 15, 2017 - 3:05PM

    Now its very clear that why US markets are on fire after Trump victory. He will sell every thing to every one.Recommend

  • Khan
    Jun 15, 2017 - 3:20PM

    Yup. Thats exactly how one should play with fools.

    First make them fight each other then make them buy your stuff.

    Excellent Strategy by USA.Recommend

  • Sun tzu
    Jun 15, 2017 - 3:38PM

    Threaten someone. Then sell him weapons for his self defence! ! Wow! That’s called ” art of the deal”Recommend

  • ABC
    Jun 15, 2017 - 3:40PM

    @vinsin:
    Yes Pakistanis are capable and they can fly but Indians wouldnt be allowed to enter and open defecate in the streets of QattarRecommend

  • sunny
    Jun 15, 2017 - 6:54PM

    us is having golden period of arm business ist with saudia now with qatar…Recommend

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