The Qatar Emiri Air Force is striking up its air assets, big time. Apart from the two Airbus A330 MRTT tanker/airlifters, the Southwest Asian country is negotiationg the procurement of 3 Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft.
Qatar is the fourth nation to choose the flying radar and air (combat) control station based on the Boeing 737, after the Royal Australian Air Force (E-7 Wedgetail), the Republic of Korea Air Force (Peace Eye AEW&C) and the Turkish Air Force (Peace Eagle AEW&C).
Hopefully for the Qatar Emiri Air Force things go smoother than it went for the other nations. Turkey’s Peace Eagle Project is more than seven years behind schedule and the Wedgetail project of Australia wasn’t a walk in the park either. Apart from these procurements Qatar wants 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, 12 NH90TTH transport helicopters and 10 NH90NFH maritime helicopters plus 72 new fighter jets.
© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger