Crisis With Saudi Arabia: Qatar Signed $12.2bn Weapons Deal With American Boeing For 36 F-15 Strike Eagle Fighter Jets

Saudi led GCC countries cuts tie with Qatar to punish Doha, after that tension heightening constantly amid which Qatar orederd US weapons worth $12 billion.

Qatar signed a $12 billion defense deal with USA to buy 36 Boeing made F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets for Qatar Emiri Air Force. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries includes Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cuts tie with Doha and accused the country for supporting extremists.

In last November Boeing and Doha agreed on a deal for 72 F-15 fighter jets. Somehow that deal wasn’t materialized. US officials told the media that this defense tie with Qatar will enhance interoperability among these two nation for security and other issues. However, US military’s largest base is located near Doha, Qatar’s capital city.

Qatar denied allegations and stand firm against GCC countries. Amid crisis Iran and Turkey supporting Qatar and providing help. Iran sends drinking water, food items and other daily commodities for which Qatar was dependent of those GCC countries for long. Kuwaiti Amir trying to resolve the issue. Turkish president Erdogan also talks in favor of Qatar and providing troops to prevent any GCC invasion in the Emiri state in Persian Gulf.

In last May during U.S. President Donald trump’s visit, Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdul Aziz arranged a summit hosting most of the Muslim leaders and with US delegation to strengthen Saudi’s effort to gain more support from Washington. Recently there are other Muslim countries like Turkey, Qatar, and Iran gaining their influence over in respective ideologies. But very recent feud between Qatar and other gulf Arab countries fuels new tension across the region as well as other Muslim countries. Pakistan decided to stay neutral over this tension as Islamabad enjoys brotherly relations with the both.

Qatar’s new deal with USA for defense equipment and cooperation is sign that United States not going to infuriate this tension further, at least, not pentagon.

China Offered Bangladesh Air Force J-10B Fighter Jet, Y-20 Heavy Lift Transport & KJ-200 AEW&CS Aircrafts worth $1Bn in Soft Loan to Counter India-Bangladesh Defence Agreement

China has been the major weapons & military hardware supplier of Bangladesh for long, where recently india offered some training & small arms. Delhi pressurized Dhaka to accept the their loan and other offers which generals in of Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected

China giving $1 billion to Bangladesh Air Force to buy Chengdu J-10B, Y-20 heavy lift transport aircraft and many more. A Russian blog and East Pendulum twitter account tweeted that Bangladesh and China negotiating each-other for $1 bn arms deal almost all of which is related to aircrafts. China offered 16 Chengdu J-10B, 1 Xian Y-20 heavy lift military transport aircraft, 1 Shaanxi KJ-200 AEW&C aircraft, and 7 K-8W Karakorum intermediate jet trainer aircrafts to Bangladesh Air Force.

China trying to counter india’s $500 million loan to Bangladesh to buy Russian weapons. It is now prestige issue for Beijing to maintain high-ground regarding Dhaka. Delhi offered military training, arms and other supports during indian defense minister monohor porikar’s Dhaka visit, which Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected then.

Still this is a rumor, though, experts believe that what is rumored regarding China-Bangladesh military dealings is true. Because previously Bangladesh bought Chinese fighter trainers to train BAF’s combat pilots. Many Bangladeshi pilots got training in China for flying J-10 fighter jets. And this is expected for many days that BAF would buy Chengdu J-10B jets in some number.

As BAF currently operating Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules medium transport aircrafts and need a bigger one, they choose newly developed Chinese heavy lift Y-20 military transport aircraft which is analogous to American C-17 Globemaster III.