Qatar has received the first of its recently ordered Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters, the US Embassy in Doha disclosed on 20 March.
The first of 24 helicopters for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) was handed over during a formal delivery ceremony at Boeing’s Mesa production plant in Arizona on 14 March. Deliveries will be complete by the end of May 2020.
The QEAF project officer, Brigadier General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Abdul Hadi Al Shahwani, previously told Jane’s that 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 2012, with a contract being signed in 2016. 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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