The purchase will double their current fleet, and help meet their increasing demands for airlifts. They were the first Middle Eastern country to order the C-17s, receiving two in 2009 and then two more three years later.
Boeing’s Vice President of International Customer Service and Sales for Military Aircraft Tommy Dunehew expressed his pleasure with the order and the causes it was being used for: “We’re confident the additional C-17s will significantly increase the QAF’s ability to support the people of Qatar and their allies with transport, airdrop and humanitarian missions. Boeing stands ready to support, sustain and maintain Qatar’s expanded fleet of C-17s to keep their planes mission ready.”
The C-17s are military aircraft used to transport troops and heavy cargo, while being able to perform airdrop, aeromedical evacuations, and delivering aid to whomever may need it. Boeing states the aircraft is unmatched in its transportation capabilities. The giant plane has a high-wing design and four engines. It has the ability to carry a payload of up to 169,000 pounds.
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The C-17 has been delivered too many foreign air forces, including those belonging to Canada, Kuwait, India, Australia, UAE, and the United Kingdom. Recently, it surpassed a total of 2.8 million flight hours. Qatari military officials were excited to begin the expansion of their noble efforts.
“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.
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