The first Eurofighter Typhoon destined for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) performed a test flight at BAE System’s Warton Aerodrome in Lancashire on May 9, while six more Boeing F-15QA fighters arrived the same day at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, en route to Qatar.
After signing a deal in 2017 worth £5bn with Qatar, BAE Systems is supplying a total of 24 Typhoons and nine Hawk MK167s to Doha with deliveries of the Typhoon expected to commence this summer.
The aircraft, serial QA404, had previously flown in November 2021 from Warton in primer paint. The jet used flew with the serial ZR505 and is the first Typhoon expected to be delivered to Qatar.
QA404, using the typical BAE test callsign “Tarnish10” displayed a two-tone grey paint scheme with the QEAF roundel at the forward section of the fuselage and the Qatar flag on the tail. This design matches the camouflage on the QEAF Dassault Rafale DQ/EQ and Boeing F-15QA Eagles.