Qatar FMS approved to include cybersecurity & F-15QA aircraft infrastructure
WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Qatar for support of its F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program for an estimated cost of $1.1 billion.
The Government of Qatar has requested support of its F-15QA multi-role fighter aircraft program to include design and construction services, new parking/loading ramps, hot cargo pads, taxiways, hangars, back shops, alert facilities, weapons storage areas, hardened shelters, squadron operations facilities, maintenance facilities, training facilities, information technology support and cyber facilities, force protection support facilities, squadron operations facilities, other F-15QA related support structures, construction/facilities/design services, cybersecurity services, mission critical computer resources, support services, force protection services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The proposed sale improves Qatar’s capability to operate and sustain its F-15QA aircraft. A robust construction, cybersecurity, and force protection infrastructure is vital to ensuring the QEAF partners can utilize the F-15QA aircraft to its full potential, officials say.
The prime contractor for construction, cybersecurity, and force protection infrastructure will be determined through competition. The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.
Implementation of the construction, cybersecurity, and force protection aspects of this notification include the establishment of a construction office in Doha with as many as 10 U.S. Government civilians which will adjust in size as case workload varies. Anticipated contractor footprint for this effort is approximately 15 - 50 personnel, which may vary based on phases of construction and establishment of required services.
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