Government of Qatar – F-15QA Aircraft with Weapons and Related Support
(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued Nov 17, 2016)
No information is yet available on the new F-15QA fighter whose sale to Qatar has finally been approved, but it could well be a variant of the F-15SA developed for Saudi Arabia, itself derived from the F-15E Strike Eagle shown here. (Boeing photo)
WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for F-15QA aircraft with weapons and related support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $21.1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2016.

The Government of Qatar requested to purchase seventy-two (72) F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft and associated weapons package (Emphasis added—Ed.); the provision for continental United States based Lead-in-Fighter-Training for the F-15QA; associated ground support; training materials; mission critical resources and maintenance support equipment; the procurement for various weapon support and test equipment spares; technical publications; personnel training; simulators and other training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The estimated total program value is $21.1 billion.

This proposed sale enhances the foreign policy and national security of the United State by helping to improve the security of a friendly country and strengthening our strategically important relationship. Qatar is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Persian Gulf region. Our mutual defense interests anchor our relationship and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) plays a predominant role in Qatar's defense.

The proposed sale improves Qatar's capability to meet current and future enemy air-to-air and air-to-ground threats. Qatar will use the capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this aircraft, equipment, training, and support services will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Boeing Corporation of Chicago, IL. The Purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor. Additional contractors include:
--Astronautics Corporation of America, Arlington VA
--BAE Systems, Arlington, VA
--Elbit Systems of America, Fort Worth, TX
--General Electric Aviation of Cincinnati, OH
--Honeywell Aerospace, Phoenix, AZ
--Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, TX
--L3 Communications, Arlington, TX
--NAVCOM, Torrance, CA Raytheon, Waltham, MA
--Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA
--Teledyne Electronic Safety Products, Thousand Oaks, CA
--UTC Aerospace Systems, Charlotte, NC

Implementation of this sale requires the assignment of approximately 24 additional U.S. Government and approximately 150 contractor representatives to Qatar.

There is no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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The Government of Kuwait – F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft with Support
(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued Nov 17, 2016)
WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft with support, equipment, and training. The estimated cost is $10.1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 17, 2016.

The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase:
-- thirty-two (32) F/A-18E aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines;
-- eight (8) F/A-18F aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines;
-- eight (8) spare F414-GE-400 engines and twenty-four (24) engine modules;
-- forty-one (41) AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars;
-- forty-four (44) M61A2 20mm Gun Systems;
-- forty-five (45) AN/ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers;
-- two hundred and forty (240) LAU-127E/A Guided Missile Launchers;
-- forty-five (45) AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser Systems;
-- twelve (12) AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods;
-- forty-eight (48) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS);
-- forty-five (45) AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Counter-Measures Systems;
-- forty-five (45) AN/ALE-55 Towed Decoys;
-- forty-eight (48) Link-16 Systems;
-- eight (8) Conformal Fuel Tanks; and
-- fourteen (14) AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Systems.

Also included in the sale are:
-- ARC-210 radio (aircraft);
-- Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems;
-- AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles (NVG);
-- Launchers (LAU- 115D/A, LAU-116B/A, LAU-l 18A);
-- Command Launch Computer (CLC) for Air to Ground Missile 88 (AGM-88);
-- ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation;
-- Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS);
-- aircraft spares;
-- Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE);
-- support equipment;
-- aircrew/maintenance training;
-- contractor engineering technical service;
-- logistics technical services;
-- engineering technical services;
-- other technical assistance;
-- contractor logistics support;
-- flight test services;
-- storage and preservation;
-- aircraft ferry;
-- Repair of Repairable (RoR);
-- support systems and associated logistics;
-- training aides and devices;
-- spares;
-- technical data Engineering Change Proposals;
-- avionics software support;
-- software;
-- technical publications;
-- engineering and program support;
-- U.S. Government and contractor engineering;
-- technical and logistic support services.

The estimated total program cost is $10.1 billion.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East. Kuwait is a strategic partner in maintaining stability in the region. The acquisition of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will allow for greater interoperability with U.S. forces, providing benefits for training and possible future coalition operations in support of shared regional security objectives.

The proposed sale of the F/A- l8E/F Super Hornet aircraft will improve Kuwait's capability to meet current and future warfare threats. Kuwait will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will supplement and eventually replace the Kuwait Air Force's aging fighter aircraft. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri; Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California; Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California; and General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts. Offsets agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected; however, specific agreements are undetermined and will be defined during negotiations between the purchaser and contractor. Kuwait requires contractors to satisfy an offset obligation equal to 35 percent of the main contract purchase price for any sale of defense articles in excess of three million Kuwait Dinar, (approximately $10 million USD).

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of contractor representatives to Kuwait on an intermittent basis over the life of the case to support delivery of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and provide support and equipment familiarization.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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