+49 2641 3703 – 0 +49 2641 3703 – 199 info@monch-group.com

Qatar Formalising Request for F-35s

Issue Could Strain US Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel

In a move that could cause the United States some issues with allies on both sides of the delicate Middle East equation, Qatar is said to be close to formalising a request for an unspecified number of F-35s – if, in fact, it has not already submitted one – according to a rapidly-growing volume of social media and press discussions.

Confirmation will be some time coming, since US government policy precludes discussion of potential sales or transfers of defence-related equipment before Congress has been notified. But the US has a vested interest in being as supportive of the Gulf state as possible, despite recent rifts with Saudi Arabia and other neighbouring states, since Qatar hosts the largest American military facility in the region – and at least 8,000 US troops and civil servants. Qatar is seen as a fundamental component of the opposition to Iran by Washington.

Less than two months ago, the US greenlighted a potential sale of the LIGHTNING II to the United Arab Emirates, which sparked an ongoing row with Israel that has overt and below-the-surface components that destabilise the long-standing relations between the nations. This may have been the catalyst for the Qatari decision to seek procurement of the advanced combat jet.

Related Posts

Publish date

10/09/2020

Sign up to our newsletter and stay up to date.

News

Air

C4ISR

Components / Systems

Cyber

Defence Business

Homeland Security

International Security

Land

Latin America (Spanish)

Logistics

Naval

Training & Simulation

Space

Special Forces

Unmanned

Publications

Contact Us

Contact Info

Mönch Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Christine-Demmer-Straße 7
53474 Bad Neuenahr – Ahrweiler

+49 2641 3703 – 0

+49 2641 3703 – 199

Follow On

X