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Qatar buys helicopters, missiles for $23 billion

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Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing, Airbus, and other arms makers.

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Qatar announced deals with about 20 global companies, including firms from the United States which were awarded deals worth 27.5 billion riyals ($7.6 billion), said a spokeswoman for a Doha defence conference where the announcements were made. The contracts were expected to include deals with Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and others.

Boeing confirmed that the announcement included a contract to buy 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and three Boeing 737 Airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. The deal for the helicopters was valued at 8.9 billion riyals, said the spokeswoman for the conference.

France's Defence Ministry said Qatar had agreed to buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from a unit of European aerospace group Airbus worth 2 billion euros ($2.76 billion) and two Airbus-made refuelling tankers.

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