U.S. government urged to speed up outstanding jet contracts

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A top U.S. Air Force official urged the U.S. government to speed up its implementation of long-standing fighter jet contracts amid growing frustration among officials in Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain.

The sale of 36 F-15 fighter jets, 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, and an undisclosed number of F-16 fighter jets to Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain respectively have been held up after being signed off by the Pentagon and State Department.



Air Force Deputy Undersecretary Heidi Grant said she was trying to reassure officials in those countries that Washington’s failure to approve billions of dollars of U.S. arms sales to them would not alter the strong bilateral air force-to-air force relationships that exist.

“I would like to see a decision soon,” Grant told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow in southern England. Grant said she “absolutely” saw growing frustration among officials in the three countries, which have asked to buy a variety of U.S. fighter planes.