Qatar Emiri Air Force

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Not known
English Title:
Qatar Emiri Air Force
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Prior to independence from Britain, Qatar had established an Air Wing of the Public Security Forces to fly Westland Whirlwind helicopters. In late 1971 these helicopters were supplemented by a small number of Hawker Hunters. In 1974 the Air Wing was formally upgraded to air force status, and renamed the Qatar Emiri Air Force. The Hunters were later replaced by Mirage F.1s and then Mirage 2000s. At the same time, more helicopters were acquired to replace the ageing Whirlwinds. In 2008 orders were placed for C-130J and C-17 transports, to allow Qatar to provide humanitarian aid around the world and raise its public profile on the international stage.

Key Dates

1968    Air Wing of the Public Security Forces first established
1968    First helicopters received – Westland Whirlwind
1971    First jet aircraft delivered – Hawker Hunter
1974    Qatar Emiri Air Force created from the Air Wing of the Public Security Forces

Current Status

Since the Air Defence of Qatar is principally undertaken by USAF fighters based at Al Udeid, the QEAF concentrates on providing direct support for army and navy surface units with helicopters and light attack aircraft. The recent procurement of a relatively large transport fleet is intended to provide humanitarian aid rather than facilitate expeditionary warfare operations.

Future Plans

Take delivery of 18 AW139 helicopters to replace the Westland Commando
Take delivery of four C-130J-30 transports.
Qatar has an option for two more C-17s.


National Insignia

Current — Historical

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Qatar military serial numbering system consists of the two-letter prefix ‘QA’ (Qatar Air Force) and a two digit mumber, e.g. QA11 for Hunter FGA.78 and QA91 for Mirage 2000-5EDA.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used.

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

False reports of aircraft on order or in service


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

The QEAF is organised into two wings, No.1 Fighter Wing and No.2 Rotary Wing. The five operational squadrons are subordinate to these two wings.

Current Order of Battle

Table of Current Order of Battle

Historical Orders of Battle

List of Historical Orders of Battle – to be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The main air base is officially Al Udeid, but most flying operations actually take place from Dhoha International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The main bases used are Al Udeid and Doha International Airport. A number of outlying desert strips are also available for helicopter operations.
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

More Information


Qatar Military Aviation Bibliography – to be added.


To be added.


wikipedia: Qatar Air Force

Scramble: Qatar Emiri Air Force

World Air Forces: Qatar Aircraft

Qatar Emiri Air Force

Hawker Hunter QA12

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