Thursday, October 5, 2017
Qatar AF I.
State of the art warplanes as purchased by Qatar way beyond any rational and normal national defense need.
Thanks to the Internet web site The National Interest portions copied more or less in entirety.
"Why Is Qatar Building a Massive Air Force?"
"The tiny Gulf nation of Qatar has launched a massive buildup of air power for an unclear purpose." UNCLEAR!
"The latest development in this saga came in September, when British Defense Secretary of Defense Michael Fallon and Qatari Defense Secretary Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah signed a Letter of Intent for Doha to purchase twenty-four Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft from London. That came on the heels of Qatar announcing a deal to purchase thirty-six Boeing F-15 Qatar Advanced-variant Eagles from the United States for a reported $12 billion. And in 2015, Qatar signed a $7.5 billion deal with France to purchase twenty-four Dassault Rafale fighter jets, MBDA missiles, as well as pilot and support personnel training."
"What makes these deals particularly shocking is how much of an increase they represent from what the Qatari Air Force currently fields. Despite hosting a large U.S. air base, Qatar itself has primarily relied on twelve aging Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighters. Thus, the eighty-four different fighters are a seven-fold increase . . . Qatar's 'decision to replace its one current fighter type with three different types is curious.'”
AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT WHAT? QATAR THE POPULATION OF WHICH IS ONLY ABOUT TWO AND ONE-HALF MILLION OF THAT NUMBER ONLY ABOUT 12 % ETHNICALLY QATARI!!
Further speculation and commentary regarding this matter to follow.