Qatar received the first batch of Apache helicopters, during a ceremony held at the production site of the helicopter. The Boeing site in Arizona hosted the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah and the Qatari ambassador to the United States, H.E. Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani.
The delivery comes as part of a deal signed by the Qatar Armed Forces to acquire the latest – sixth generation – of the fighter aircraft. Precise combat characteristics and technological specifications have been added to the Qatari version, giving it the lead in the air.
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The Qatari fleet is expected to be completed by this type of aircraft, which will be in active service to enhance the various types and configurations of the Qatari Amiri Air Force.
The agreement for the manufacture and delivery of Apache aircraft includes annexed chapters covering the maintenance and training of the Qatari crew consisting of pilots, technicians and weapons managers. The Qatari Emiri Air Force has completed all the infrastructure, construction, logistics and technical arrangements to receive the fleet, which will enhance the country’s defence capabilities.