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Marte mobile coastal defense system (Image: MBDA)

MBDA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the supply of a coastal defence system for the Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF).

This Memorandum will pave the way in the short term for a contract with the value of 2.64 billion Qatari riyals (approximately 640 million euros), the company said Thursday.

The supply of these coastal missile systems will allow the QENF to monitor maritime coastal traffic and prevent hostile ships from reaching and threatening their territorial waters.

These coastal missile systems can deploy two different munitions, Exocet MM40 Block 3 and Marte ER (the Extended Range version of the Marte missile), reflecting the maturity and excellence of these munitions. The system can work in autonomous mode with its own radar, or alternatively by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.

Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA, commented: “This MoU represents the first step towards the signing of a contract for this new coastal missile system.”

At DIMDEX 2016, where the MoU was today signed, MBDA is displaying a full-size model of this coastal missile system.

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