Let’s Get Armed!

A resurgence of Islamist militancy in the region — as well as a perceived threat posed by Iran — is leading many Middle Eastern countries to modernise their fighter fleets, as Alan Warnes explains.


Qatar looks set to become the latest customer for the Advanced F-15. Boeing
The Apache has proved to be a popular choice for customers in the region. Boeing

FOR SEVERAL years there was little in the way of fighter ‘movement’ within the purchasing departments of the Middle Eastern air forces. But just recently that’s all changed, leading to senior executives from British, French, Italian and US companies feeling very pleased with themselves after a massive sales spree by Arab countries getting jittery over the increasing hostilities between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

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