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Qatar and Kuwait fighter deals signed off

Photo: The Advanced F-15 adds Digital Fly-By-Wire, which opens up Stations 1 and 9 (the two outer wing stations) as shown here. Boeing

 

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has posted two announcements on its website that acknowledge the approval of up to 72 Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagles for Qatar and 40 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for Kuwait.

The deals are valued at $21.1 billion and $10.1 billion respectively.

In early September, Combat Aircraft reported that the US was close to approving sales of Boeing fighters to the two Gulf states. The deals had been held up by the US government due to Israeli concerns and in order to smooth the way for nuclear talks with Iran.

The Pentagon and the State Department reportedly expects an actual sale of a maximum of 36 F-15QAs to Qatar and sources have indicated that Qatar actually has an overall requirement for 72 new fighters, likely to be split three-ways between the F-15, Dassault Rafale (24 already ordered) and Eurofighter Typhoon — 24 of each.

Meanwhile, the Kuwait deal lines up as 32 F/A-18E Super Hornets, plus eight two-seat F/A-18Fs. The Kuwaiti Super Hornets will be the first to be equipped with conformal fuel tanks (CFTs).

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The F-15QA, meanwhile, is likely to be based on Boeing’s Advanced F-15. This is currently in flight test in the shape of the F-15SA for Saudi Arabia. A full report on which will appear in the forthcoming January 2017 issue of Combat Aircraft.

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