Date
28 June 2017
A US Air Force F-15 jet lands after completing a regional exercise at an Air Force Base in the Arabian Gulf.
Photo: Reuters
A US Air Force F-15 jet lands after completing a regional exercise at an Air Force Base in the Arabian Gulf. Photo: Reuters

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

Qatar’s Ministry of Defense has signed a deal to buy F-15 fighter jets from the United States for US$12 billion, Reuters reports.

The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized 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 said. Bloomberg News reported the deal was for 36 jets.

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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