Qatar to buy Patriot
missiles in $11 bln deal

WASHINGTON - Qatar plans to buy US Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters in an arms deal worth about $11 billion, senior Pentagon officials said Monday.


The sale would provide Qatar with roughly ten radars and 34 launchers for Patriot systems designed to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and Javelin anti-tank missiles.


Qatar was investing in missile defense systems to counter the threat across the Gulf from Iran, which has built up its missile arsenal, officials said.


Qatar's minister of state for defense, Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, committed to the sale in a signing ceremony Monday in Washington after talks with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel, officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.


The weapons deal was the biggest for the United States in 2014 and came as Qatar weighs proposals in a fighter jet competition, with US aerospace firm Boeing vying against British and French defense companies.


"It's a good sign," said a senior defense official, referring to the arms sale and the prospects for the fighter jet bidding.


The United States wants to preserve its role as "the defense provider of choice" for Qatar and other Gulf states, the official said.


The weapons would enhance American's security and diplomatic ties to Qatar, the official said, despite some disagreement over Syria and Qatar's assistance to some rebel groups deemed too radical by Washington.

It's a good sign.

  • huff

    Still more, just like ISIS taking over weapons that were supplied by the US in the Syria and Iraq debacle, what can we expect from the terrorists?

    July 21, 2014

  • huff

    Once again we see the U.S. prostituting itself to a country that is not worthy to speak of. But, I guess, money talks and shit walks! In addition numerous military sales to France and Russia from mid east countries,does not bold well for the US military. And when Muslim terrorists raid Qatar and take over the Missile systems, Obama and his merry men will cry foul!

    July 21, 2014