For two days from Saturday the skies above Doha Corniche will come alive from 1.45pm with scintillating aerial displays by the Italian Air Force, together with the Qatari Display Team.
The shows are being organised by the Italian embassy in Doha and sponsored by Leonardo, the Italy-based aerospace and defence company, the embassy said in a statement on Thursday.
“The extraordinary and breathtaking shows will include the T-346 A, considered the best advanced trainer aircraft available in the market today, and the Eurofighter Typhoon, the latest-generation multi-role fighter - both performed by the Reparto Sperimentale Volo (Italian Air Force Flight Test Wing), which is responsible for the study and evaluation of all ground and flight tests of aeronautical weapon systems - and the Italian Air Force aerobatic team “Frecce Tricolori”, the world’s largest and most known acrobatics patrol, with their 10 aircraft performing together.
“This team of the Italian Air Force is well known all over the world for their stunning aircraft stunts, and represents the excellence of Italy abroad,” said Italian ambassador Pasquale Salzano.
“We are very proud and excited that the Italian Air Force will perform for the very first time an aerobatic show with the Qatar Display Team in the sky of Doha," Salzano said.
“This spectacular event confirms further the bonds of friendship between Italy and Qatar, and reflects the warm welcome of Qatari people towards the Italian community,” the ambassador said.
“It’s an honour for us to bring the Italian flag to Doha together with the excellence in the defence sector,” said Col Luciano Ippoliti, chief of the Reparto Sperimentale Volo.
“This event contributes to strengthening the ties of our collaboration with the Qatari Armed Forces and the image of Italy as a country of high reliability in terms of know-how and technological capabilities, enhancing synergy and cooperation also with the Italian aerospace and defence industry”.
Valerio Stella, Leonardo general manager in Doha, commented: “I am delighted that Leonardo’s most advanced aeronautics technologies will be on show. The chance to admire our M-346 advanced jet trainer, the Eurofighter Typhoon and Italian aerobatic team as they soar over this beautiful city is something unique and extraordinary. We have long been committed to providing a high level of excellence in technologies and services for the Italian Air Force and with the same dedication we are working daily here in Qatar supporting the country institutions with our products and capabilities.”
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