KUALA LUMPUR – Boeing and the Qatar government recently signed an agreement for the purchase of four more C-17 Globemaster III airlifters.
These aircraft will join the Qatar Armed Forcesâ€™ (QAF) existing fleet of four and help meet ongoing airlift requirements, Boeing said.
“We are very pleased with the C-17s from Boeing and look forward to doubling our fleet to enhance worldwide operations,” said General Ahmed Al-Malki, Deputy Commander, Qatar Emiri Air Force and Chairman of The Airlift Committee.
“Weâ€™re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAFâ€™s ability to support Qatar and its allies with transport, airdrop and humanitarian missions,” said Tommy Dunehew, Vice President of International Customer Service and Sales for Boeing Military Aircraft in a statement.
He added that Boeing stood ready to support, sustain and maintain Qatarâ€™s expanded fleet of C-17s to keep its planes mission ready.
Qatar, the first Middle East customer to order C-17s, received two of the aircraft in 2009 and two more in 2012.
In operation since 1991, the C-17s are unmatched in their ability to transport troops or heavy cargo, to perform airdrop and aeromedical evacuations and deliver humanitarian aid virtually anywhere in the world.
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