Current Order of Battle
Qatar Emiri Air Force




Squadron Type Base
No.1 Fighter Wing
No.7 (Air Superiority) Squadron Mirage 2000-5 Al Udeid
No.11 (Close Support) Squadron Alpha Jet Al Udeid
No.2 Rotary Wing
No.6 (Close Support) Squadron SA342L Gazelle Al Udeid
No.8 (Anti-Surface Vessel) Squadron Commando Mk.3 Al Udeid
No.9 (Multi-Role) Squadron Commando Mk.2 Al Udeid

Current Aircraft Inventory
Qatar Emiri Air Force


Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale SA 342L Gazelle 14 12 0 Anti-Armour
AgustaWestland AW139 18 18 0 Transport/SAR/Patrol
Airbus A330 MRTT 0 0 2 Tanker/Transport
Boeing 737 AEW 0 0 3 AEW
Boeing AH-64E Apache 0 0 24 Attack
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 4 4 0 Transport
Dassault Mirage 2000-5DDA 3 3 0 Training
Dassault Mirage 2000-5EDA 9 9 0 Fighter-Bomber
Dassault-Breguet Dornier Alpha Jet 1A 6 6 0 Training/Light Attack
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules 4 4 0 Transport
NHI NH90 0 0 22 Utility
Pilatus PC-21 2 2 22 Trainer
Westland Commando Mk.2 4 2 0 Utility Transport
Westland Commando Mk.3 8 7 0 Anti-Ship Attack

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Qatar Emiri Air Force


Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA342L Gazelle 14 1978 current France
AgustaWestland AW139 18* 2010 Italy
Boeing C-17A Globemaster III 2 2009 current USA
Dassault Mirage F.1DDA 3 1982 1997 France
Dassault Mirage F.1EDA 12 1982 1997 France
Dassault Mirage 2000-5DDA 3 1997 current France
Dassault Mirage 2000-5EDA 9 1997 current France
Dassault-Breguet Dornier Alpha Jet 1A 6 1980 current France
Hawker Hunter FGA.78 3 1971 1981 UK
Hawker Hunter T.79 1 1971 1981 UK
Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules 4* 2011 USA
Westland Commando Mk.2 4 1975 current UK
Westland Commando Mk.3 8 1982 current UK
Westland Gazelle 2 1983 1992 Police
Westland Whirlwind 3 2 1968 1976 UK

* = on order
# = on delivery

Additional information is welcome

National Markings
Qatar Emiri Air Force

of the Qatar Emiri Air Force

This section describes and illustrates the various national insignia used by the Qatar Emiri Air Force since its formation:

Main MarkingFin Flash

The national markings carried by the Air Wing of the Public Security Forces are not known.

Main MarkingFin Flash

With the establishment of the QEAF a national marking of maroon, gold and white was adopted. This is displayed in the standard 6 positions (i.e. above and below each wing, and on each side of the fuselage) on aircraft – but on fuselage sides only on helicopters. The fin flash, crossed Qatar flags on black, is displayed on the tailfin. Aircraft do not carry service titles.

Aircraft Not Used
Qatar Emiri Air Force

This page gives details of some of the aircraft types that were offered or promised to the Qatar Emiri Air Force but not delivered, cancelled official orders, and types have been falsely reported as being in service.

Aerospatiale SA330J Puma
Six examples reportedly in service 1981 to 1986.

Aerospatiale AS332F Super Puma
Six AS332F Super Pumas were reported to be in service 1982 to 1998.

Britten Norman BN-2A Islander
One example reportedly in use 1976 to 1988.

British Aerospace Hawk
A November 1996 order for 12 Hawk 100s was later cancelled.

Qatar Emiri Air Force

Operator Profile


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