Boeing, a global aerospace and defense company with locations in St. Louis, Missouri, recently completed the rollout of the new F-15QA fighter, the most advanced version of the jet ever manufactured. Developed for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), the jets are part of a $6.2 billion contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and Qatar.
“The Qatar F-15QA program further enhanced next-generation technologies in the advanced F-15 such as the fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-glass digital cockpit and contemporary sensors, radar and electronic warfare capabilities,” Prat Kumar, Vice President of Boeing’s F-15 program, said. “Driven by digital engineering and advanced manufacturing, these aircraft represent a transformational leap for the F-15. The F-15QA will enhance the superiority of the QEAF with more speed, range and payload than any fighter in the world.”
The F-15QA brings to its operators next-generation technologies such as fly-by-wire flight controls, digital cockpit, modernized sensors, radar, and electronic warfare capabilities and the world’s fastest mission computer. Increases in reliability, sustainability and maintainability allow defense operators to affordably remain ahead of current and evolving threats.
“Seeing this aircraft up close is a reminder of the technological sophistication and superiority we export around the globe from our metro,” Jason Hall, CEO of civic organization Greater St. Louis Inc., said. “Over 15,000 women and men throughout our metro count on Boeing for quality jobs. The Qatari purchase, and a new order from the United States Air Force, will keep the production line going through at least 2030.”