Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France.
The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA.
France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a second order for 12 more was signed in 2018. France formally handed the first aircraft over to Qatar in February during a ceremony in Merignac, in south-western France, where the planes are built. The aircraft have remained in France since then for pilot training.