QATAR TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST FRENCH-BUILT RAFALE JET FIGHTER | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


QATAR TAKES DELIVERY OF FIRST FRENCH-BUILT RAFALE JET FIGHTER

The hand-over ceremony on Wednesday in Merignac, in southwestern France, where the planes are built, was attended by Qatar Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and Dassault Aviation chief Eric Trappier.

Qatar ordered 24 of the fighters in 2015, adding 12 more last year. It also has an option to buy 36 more.

The twin-engine fighter has been in service with the French Air Force since 2004. France has also sold Mirage F1, Alpha Jets and Mirage 2000 fighters to Qatar.

After failing to sell the Rafale abroad for several years, France finally won a contract from Egypt in 2015 for 24 jets, followed by the sale to Qatar.

In September 2016, India also agreed to buy 36 of the fighters.

Qatar has upped its defence spending after being diplomatically isolated by its Gulf neighbours.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Qatari leadership knows what is coming, and wants to be as prepared as possible for a new, and violent, conflict in the Middle East, and perhaps, beyond.

And it was interesting in Pompeo's statement about the Anti-Iran Consortium; he never once mentioned the names of the members of this group, ao one has to wonder, besides Saudi Arabia and Israel, who has actually signed off on the agenda here?!?

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