Qatar keen on $406m US missile systems deal

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Qatar is keen to sign a deal with the United States for rocket and missiles systems worth $406m.

According to the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency, it has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale to the Government of Qatar.

It said in a statement that the sale would include rocket and missile systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $406m.

Qatar has requested a possible sale of seven M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System Launchers, 60 M57 Army Tactical Missile System Block 1A T2K Unitary Rockets, 360 M31A1 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rockets, 180 M28A2 Reduced Range Practice Rockets, seven M68A2 Trainers, one Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System, four High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.

Also included are simulators, generators, transportation, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and support services, the Agency said.

"The proposed sale will improve Qatar's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. It will also enhance Qatar’s interoperability with the US and its allies, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world," it added.

It said Qatar will have "no difficulty absorbing these launchers into its armed forces".

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas.

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