Boeing has acknowledged three foreign military sales contracts with the U.S. Air Force for training services and support in the Middle East valued at more than US$800 million.
The first previously unannounced contract was awarded in 2019 and will support the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with F-15QA program management, maintenance and aircrew training valued at US$240 million over a five-year contract period.
Boeing also received a separate not-to-exceed US$68 million contract to provide maintenance and logistics support for the QEAF during their pre-delivery training for the F-15QA aircraft, which will commence early next year. The QEAF will send pilots and weapon system operators to the U.S., where the aircrews will learn how to independently operate the F-15QA ahead of receiving their new aircraft. Training will include in-person instruction, simulation events and flying operations and will be held near Boeing’s F-15 production facility in the U.S. through mid-2021.
Following this, Boeing will establish and operate an aircrew and maintenance training center for the QEAF at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, through 2024.
A third contract awarded in November and valued at more than US$500 million will provide the QEAF with in-country spares and logistics support once the aircraft are delivered to Qatar.