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Boeing, Qatar Confirm Purchase Of Four C-17s

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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 Forces’ (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.

“We’re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAF’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 Qatar’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.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specialising in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. – BERNAMA

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