Boeing wins Qatar order for C-17 military aircraft

NEW YORK - Boeing on Monday signed a contract with Qatar for C-17 military airlift planes, the US aerospace giant said, without revealing how many of the long-range troop and cargo aircraft were ordered.

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Published: Tue 22 Jul 2008, 1:05 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:55 PM

The government of Qatar's purchase of the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter will provide "new strategic-airlift mobility capabilities" for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF), Boeing said.

The company did not give the value of the order but said it would begin deliveries from its Long Beach, California-based C-17 factory in summer 2009.

Qatar will sign a foreign military sales agreement for contractor logistics support with the US Air Force, it said.

"Boeing is pleased that Qatar joins its international partners -- the US Air Force, the UK Royal Air Force, Canadian Forces and the Royal Australian Air Force -- in selecting the C-17, the world's leading airlifter, to modernize its defense forces' airlift fleet," said Jean Chamberlin, vice president and general manager of Boeing's Global Mobility Systems.

Boeing has sold 175 C-17s to the US Air Force and is on contract to deliver 190.

The company said there are 189 C-17s in service worldwide: 175 in the US, six in Britain, four in Canada and four in Australia.

The C-17, capable of intercontinental flight and landing on short, poorly equiped runways, is used for both military and humanitarian missions.

The huge transport aircraft can be refueled in flight.

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