From one of the weakest air force in the Middle East, but with the huge investment, the Qatar Air Force suddenly became a “giant” in the region with the most modern fighters in the world.
The global fighter jet deals often see competition from the F-35 stealth aircraft to the Rafales, Eurofighter Typhoons, F-15EX and many others. Owning any of the above fighters is enough to make the air force powerful; but what if someone has all four types?
A Middle Eastern country, amid regional tensions, is leading major modernization efforts to replace its aging fleet of Mirage 2000 fighters . Billions of dollars have been invested to buy 96 super modern aircraft.
In an effort to replace its fleet of 12 Mirage 2000, Qatar began a program to modernize their air force in 2015. The US, UK and France are the main recipients of contracts from Doha. I mean every country air force dream to operate all the latest fighter jets from Western countries like F-15EX, the French Rafale and the European Eurofighter Typhoon.
Doha signed a $7 billion contract with Dassault Aviation to purchase 24 Rafale multirole fighters. Twelve more were ordered in 2018, bringing the Rafale fleet to 36 (equivalent to India). Furthermore, Qatar has the option to purchase an additional 36 Rafales.