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Qatar plans border security system

A $330 million EADS contract will create an advanced land, air and sea 'monitoring network'.

Qatar’s $330 million defence contract with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is for the creation of an advanced border security system.

The three-year deal between the Qatari military and EADS, signed last week during the visit to Paris of Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, was announced yesterday.

The Qatari military said in a statement the contract would create a "monitoring network... through placing monitoring stations and advanced technology on the sea, land and air borders of the state of Qatar," AFP reported.

The network will be linked to "command and control centres at several points by a secure telecommunications system to transmit information and pictures," a statement said.

The security system will allow Qatar to protect its “economic resources and development objectives," it added.

During Sheikh Khalifa’s visit, Qatar also signed a $16 billion deal with Airbus, a EADS subsidiary, for 60 of its Airbus 350s – the largest contract for the plane to date.