The Pentagon announced that Boeing was awarded a contract to build 22 single-seat F-18Es and six two-seats F18Fs for the government of Kuwait, with an option to build up to 16 more. Even though the price has not yet been disclosed, it could be up to $1.2 billion.

It is the second order of fighter planes by Kuwait. In September 2015, the small Gulf country signed a contract of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons for $9 billion. At the time, this move was seen as a provocative act towards the United States.

But it seems that relations quickly warmed up between the two countries as about a year later, in September 2016, Kuwait showed interest for the 40 Super Hornets that were on sale at the time. The potential deal was sent for approval to the U.S. Congress. However, a massive order of Super Hornets by the U.S. Navy postponed the sale, up to today.

The two models will replace the 25 years old F-18 Hornets, acquired following the Gulf war.

Eventually, the Kuwaiti air force will have a fleet of 56 fighters for only 5,000 officers and personnel. The next question will be to know how the pilots will be recruited and formed to man this extensive fleet for a country as big as Connecticut, and barely more populated.