The U.S. has deferred its bid to supply Qatar with up to 72 fighter jets by three months, Defense News reported Sunday.
According to the report, the request for proposals deadline was in September but the Pentagon was granted an extension for its foreign military sales effort involving the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and F-15 Strike Eagle.
Qatar is looking to modernize its air force fleet of Dassault Mirage 2000 and Alpha Jet trainers.
Dassault Aviation is offering the Rafale and BAE Systems has proposed the Typhoon, according to Defense News.
“What I think they may well end up doing is buy 18 and 18 from two separate suppliers,” Defense News quoted an industry executive as saying.
“You stand up two operational squadrons, get in the support and training infrastructure required and then exercise options to bring two further squadrons of similar aircraft.”
The new bid schedule is expected to push by six months Qatar’s decision on the winning contractor, according to the report.