In collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), Boeing has celebrated the naming and rollout of Qatar’s advanced F-15 fighter jet, the F-15QA named Ababil. The rollout ceremony was held in St. Louis in August.
Boeing has been providing maintenance and logistics support for the QEAF during pre-delivery pilot training. The first F-15QA jets will ferry to Qatar later this year following the completion of the training.
“The rollout of the F-15QA is momentous, not just in terms of capability but also in terms of the enhanced partnership it represents,” said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, commander of 9th Air Force.
“The relationship the United States shares with Qatar is critical to the stability and security of the central command area of responsibility, and we are grateful for our coalition partner’s continued focus on building interoperability and combined readiness. It is a privilege and honor to stand with our Qatari counterparts this day and every day.”
Boeing will establish and operate an in-country aircrew and maintenance training center at the QEAF Al Udeid Air Base through 2024 while also providing spares and logistics support once aircraft are delivered.
“The Qatar F-15QA program further enhanced next-generation technologies in the advanced F-15 such as the fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-glass digital cockpit and contemporary sensors, radar and electronic warfare capabilities,” said Prat Kumar, vice president of the F-15 program.
“Driven by digital engineering and advanced manufacturing, these aircraft represent a transformational leap for the F-15. The F-15QA will enhance the superiority of the QEAF with more speed, range and payload than any fighter in the world.”