Boeing announced three foreign military sales contracts from the middle east market today, valued at more than $800 million these contracts cover the sales of training services. This is a comprehensive support and includes for pre-delivery training and marks a great milestone for Boeing following a year of declining sales.
Over 100 Years of Boeing Training Arrives in Middle East
It is important to have trained personnel when sophisticated defence system products are purchased. Boeing enters the region with over a-hundred years plus experience and can effortlessly achieve this.
The Boeing contract is with the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) for their F-15QA program management: Including maintenance and aircrew training.
The $240million five year contract is expected to enhance the credibility of Boeing’s dwindling image due to the 737 MAX fiasco.
Meeting in-country demands and providing spares and logistics support is part of the deal
Boeing received a separate not-to-exceed $68 million contract to provide maintenance and logistics support. This is towards the pre-delivery training for the F-15QA program. This will commence in Q1 of 2021.
QEAF will send pilots and weapon system operators to the U.S., to achieve the force’s training needs.
Training will include in-person instruction, simulation events and flying operations, and will be held near Boeing’s F-15 production facility in the U.S. through mid-2021.
In the near future, Boeing will also assist the QEAF in establishing a maintenance and training centre in Qatar itself. The whole process is expected to be completed by 2024.
“The tailored training and sustainment delivered by our team, coupled with Boeing’s platform expertise, allows us to deliver a holistic solution to our Qatari customer so they can optimize the full capability of their fleet with high availability rates,” said Tim Buerk, director of Middle East defense services for Boeing. Adding:
“We look forward to our continued partnership with Qatar and further supporting their mission readiness needs.”
The middle east defence market is an ever lucrative business opportunity to defence manufactures, such as Boeing. The market always seeks the latest technologies and has the money to invest. When a defence deal is done, a whole gamut of complete offerings including training services follows. In this case, Boeing training services have a natural advantage. This development is positive news as far as Boeing is concerned. Let us know your thoughts below!