Qatar stocks up on armor and defense with new orders of weapons, vehicles and equipment.
In recent week, the Qatari authorities have ordered a significant amount of armor and defense equipment ranging from missiles to armored vehicle to add to their already huge arsenal.
The country is already waiting for a fleet of 36 F-16 jets from the US and 24 Rafale jets from France, and just signed a huge coast-wide defense contract to protect their waters just months ago. The maritime defense deal was signed with the European firm MBDA, which will use Exocet and Marte ER missiles.
To complement their defense strategy, Qatar has announced that they have placed a $29.5 million order of Patriot missiles from the US firm Lockheed Martin, along with PAC-3 MSE interceptors.
The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles are some of the world’s most sophisticated defense against incoming threats like ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.
Meanwhile, Qatar have entered negotiations with RBSS, a venture between Turkish manufacturer BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetal and Malaysia’s Etika Strategi that offers armored solutions to the Turkish military among others.
The company recently announced that the Qatari government might buy up to 1,000 armored vehicles of various types and variants. However, there were no mention of which vehicles were part of the discussions.
Read more about Qatar’s military capabilities here.