The United States has sanctioned a 700 million US dollar sale of services for the Qatari Air Force.
The United States Department of State has announced that they have approved a $700 million sale of logistic support services to the Qatari air force, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a press release.
According to the memo released on Thursday, the US company awarded the contract will provide services for eight C-17 military transport aircraft. The technical support will include engineering, equipment repair, spare parts and maintenance.
The press release also explained that “the proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important regional ally”.
The Chicago-based Boeing, which designs, manufactures, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites worldwide, was awarded the contract, and will be sending the Qatari Air Force five assigned US government personnel and 50 contractor representatives.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a one of larger military transport aircrafts, and was developed for the United States Air Force between the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. The plane is commonly used for, and has been found to be very efficient in, tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. They have also served roles in medical evacuation and airdrop missions.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force currently owns and operates 8 C-17 Globemaster III heavy cargo airplanes.