Joint Qatar-UK squadron to police skies over World Cup

A joint Qatar-UK fighter squadron will play a vital role in securing the skies during the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, His Excellency Dr Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah, made the announcement on January 18 during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute.

His remarks followed the announcement in December 2017 by UK Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin that the Royal Air Force will form a new Typhoon unit, No.12 Squadron, at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Part of the new squadron’s role will be training Qatari personnel before the Gulf nation receives the 24 Eurofighter Typhoons it ordered last year.

The Qatari minister said the squadron will ensure: “mutual combat readiness, further our joint actions in combating terrorism and advance our strategic efforts towards the stability of our region and beyond.”