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  • hopsalot
    Senior Member
    • Aug 2012
    • 3166

    WASHINGTON and DUBAI Two powerful US senators have begun raising questions over why US fighter jet deals with Qatar and Kuwait have been delayed for two years and placing blame for the delays on the Obama White House.

    Qatars request for the F-15E Strike Eagle and Kuwaits request for the F-18E/F Super Hornet are two years old. According to a congressional source, the Defense Department and State Department both support the sales, while the White House has put on the brakes.

    ...

    That same day, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker attended a briefing on the matter and said he expected the White House to make a decision in the next month or two, then seek Congressional approval.

    According to Corker, Qatar is seeking 73 jets, 36 in the first tranche, a buy that would take 42 months to be delivered.

    "It's been open for two years, it's been rather unusual," Corker said. "Personally I'd like to see it move along."

    A leading Democrat on the SASC Airland subcommittee, Sen. Claire McCaskill, said she was sure the fighter jet sales in question would go through. McCaskill hails from Missouri, home to Boeings US headquarters. Boeing would be the prime contractor for both orders, giving much needed work to the companys St. Louis facility.

    I dont think anybody is going to criticize anyone for being careful about who we sell weaponry to at this point with the world such as it is, especially in that part of the world, McCaskill told Defense News.

    ...

    The pressure from lawmakers could not come too soon for Kuwaits Air Force, which is sticking to plans to purchase 28 Boeing F/A-18E/F fighter jets, a deal valued at around $3 billion. US industry executives and military officials have reportedly grown concerned about delays.

    "The lengthy US bureaucratic process is really not serving anyones interests, said Abdullah al-Shayji of Kuwait University, also a lecturer at the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Staff Command College. Kuwait is fighting in two wars, one in Yemen and another against ISIS. The State Department, Pentagon and the White House need to expedite these sales.

    Support for the F-18 remains strong in Kuwait, which is good news for Boeing.

    "The Super Hornet is one of the best solutions for us," Abdullah al-Foudary, commander of the Kuwait Air Force, told Reuters Jan. 21. "We have the legacy F-18s that we have to find a solution for in 2030-2040."
    http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...atar/79109014/


    Sounds like Boeing has a huge order from Qatar and a smaller order from Kuwait on the way assuming Obama can make up his mind. (giant assumption obviously)

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    • JSR
      JSR
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Aug 2011
      • 4982

      Originally posted by hopsalot View Post
      http://www.defensenews.com/story/def...atar/79109014/


      Sounds like Boeing has a huge order from Qatar and a smaller order from Kuwait on the way assuming Obama can make up his mind. (giant assumption obviously)
      Obviously if the have money left after dealing with Euros .

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      • Tango III
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        • Tango III
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          • Tango III
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            • Tango III
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              Russia's Radical Sukhoi S-37 Fighter Plane Goes Up Against Our F-22

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              • Tango III
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                • Sep 2006
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                Mass production of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter jets will begin in 2017, Aerospace Forces Commander Col.Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Saturday.

                Fit For a King: Russian PAK FA Dazzles at Bahrain International Airshow

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                • Spitfire9
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Jul 2008
                  • 2845

                  “I understand that the Turkish red line about the future aircraft’s ‘national’ identity will be about the capability to fly an aircraft with critical sovereign systems — as well as the rights to be able to sell it to potential buyers without having to knock on any foreign producer’s door,” said one defense analyst.
                  I presume that means no US content.
                  Sum ergo cogito

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                  • Flanker_man
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2000
                    • 3681

                    What ???

                    The text is about the Forward-Swept-Wing (FSW) S-37 (later renamed Su-47 to avoid confusion with the Su-37).

                    The photo is of a Su-37 - Bort 711 - the 12th Su-35 (T10M) - renamed Su-37 to differentiate it from the other Su-35's.

                    .... and (as it says at the end) - the story is from 2001.

                    What's going on ???

                    Ken
                    Flanker Freak & Russian Aviation Enthusiast.
                    Flankers (& others) website at :-
                    http://flankers.co.uk/

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                    • Lt Anderson
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Oct 2013
                      • 278

                      Originally posted by Flanker_man View Post
                      What ???

                      The text is about the Forward-Swept-Wing (FSW) S-37 (later renamed Su-47 to avoid confusion with the Su-37).

                      The photo is of a Su-37 - Bort 711 - the 12th Su-35 (T10M) - renamed Su-37 to differentiate it from the other Su-35's.

                      .... and (as it says at the end) - the story is from 2001.

                      What's going on ???

                      Ken
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                      • swerve
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                        • Jun 2005
                        • 13612

                        Originally posted by Spitfire9 View Post
                        I presume that means no US content.
                        Not all US content is covered by ITAR.
                        Juris praecepta sunt haec: honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere.
                        Justinian

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                        • Tango III
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                          • Tango III
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                            • Tango III
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                              • Tango III
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                                Indian, Russian Negotiators Agree on FGFA Development

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                                • Tango III
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                                  • Sep 2006
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                                  Impeccable Mistiming: Gulf States Relaunch Fighter Plans
                                  Last edited by Tango III; 25th January 2016, 17:37.

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                                  • Tango III
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                                    • Sep 2006
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                                    Bahrain debut for export-ready Tejas fighter

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                                    • Tango III
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                                      • Spitfire9
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Jul 2008
                                        • 2845

                                        Say Tango... this links to the FGFA agreement between Russia and India.
                                        Sum ergo cogito

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                                        • Tango III
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                                          • Sep 2006
                                          • 25370

                                          OK, thnx.

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