Qatar keen to sign $122m guided missiles deal

Gulf state requests possible sale of 500 Javelin missiles, 50 command units from the US

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Qatar is keen to sign a deal with the United States for guided missiles and associated equipment worth $122m.

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

It added that Qatar has requested a possible sale of 500 Javelin guided missiles, 50 command launch units alongside associated equipment and support services.

"The proposed sale will improve Qatar’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure," the Agency said.

It added that Qatar will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence.

The principal contractors will be the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture in Orlando, Florida and Tucson, Arizona.

In December, Qatar said it was 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 of rocket and missile systems and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $406m.

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