New C-17 Globemaster III delivered to Qatar
Boeing has delivered a new C-17 Globemaster III destined for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) as part of an agreement between the Qatar and US governments. This aircraft will bring the QEAF’s C-17 fleet to a total of four, and follows the delivery of the third aircraft earlier this year.
Qatar is the first Middle East nation to order the C-17. The government signed an agreement with Boeing on July 21, 2008, for two advanced airlifters and associated equipment and services, with options for two additional aircraft. Boeing delivered Qatar's first two C-17s in 2009.
Qatar’s C-17s earlier this year supported the NATO-led operation in Libya and provided relief for drought victims in Kenya. In early 2010, QEAF C-17s delivered humanitarian aid to Haiti and Chile following devastating earthquakes.
Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Malki, head of Qatar's airlift committee, said: ‘The C-17's reliability, along with its unique strategic and tactical capabilities, has expanded our reach and ability to support missions worldwide on a moment's notice. Doubling our fleet strengthens our ability to support humanitarian, disaster-relief and peacekeeping missions.’
Bob Ciesla, Boeing vice president, Airlift and C-17 program manager, added: ‘Boeing salutes the Qatar Emiri Air Force and its brave C-17 crews who continue to respond to crises around the world. We are proud to be their partner and appreciate their confidence in the world’s most reliable airlifter.’
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