State Department approves $1.1B contract for support of Qatari F-15QA aircraft

The State Department announced Wednesday a possible foreign military sale of F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program support services to Qatar for a total estimated cost of $1.1 billion.

His Excellency Khalid Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Capt. Scott Harbison, 334th Fighter Squadron pilot, taxi to the end of the runway in an F-15E Strike Eagle, March 28, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton/U.S. Air Force
His Excellency Khalid Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Capt. Scott Harbison, 334th Fighter Squadron pilot, taxi to the end of the runway in an F-15E Strike Eagle, March 28, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kenneth Boyton/U.S. Air Force

State Department officials said that the potential foreign military sale supports the “foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States,” as “Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region.”

The $1.1 billion dollar contract is for multiple construction services, cybersecurity and force protection infrastructure in support of Qatar’s McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle fleet. Ten U.S. government civilians will also work directly with Qatar to support construction, cybersecurity and force protection efforts there.

The State Department anticipates that the contractor footprint for this effort is approximately 15 to 50 personnel, which may vary based on phases of construction and establishment of required services, according to a State Department press statement.

By James LaPorta