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Qatar on track to receive Apaches from 2019

13 August 2018
Qatar is to receive the first of its 24 Apache helicopters in 2019, and has options for a further 24 to follow. Source: Boeing

Qatar is on track to receive its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters from 2019 through to mid-2020.

The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) project officer said on 13 August that the first batch of 24 helicopters ordered in 2016 will be received before the end of next year. Deliveries will be complete by the end of May 2020.

According to Brigadier General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Abdul Hadi Al Shahwani, the deal includes the training of 70 pilots and 100 ground crew, as well as options for up to 24 additional helicopters.

Qatar first requested the Apache helicopters in July 2012. Weapons requested in the original Foreign Military Sales notification included AGM-114R Hellfire laser-guided missiles, FIM-92H Stinger missiles with air-to-air launchers, and 70 mm Hydra air-to-surface rockets. Earlier this year the US State Department approved the sale of the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket.

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