Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, the Minister of State for Defence of Qatar, signed a joint intergovernmental agreement on military technical cooperation on the sidelines of the Russian minister’s visit to Doha.
The representatives of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Qatari Defense Ministry signed a memorandum and a framework contract in the defense sector in the presence of Shoigu and his Qatari counterpart, the defense ministry in Moscow said.
Recently, Al-Attiyah had expressed interest in purchasing modern Russian technologies, especially the S-400 missile defence system recently sold to Iran and Turkey . "As far as our mutual cooperation is concerned, this is not just the purchase of air defence systems but also technologies. We would like to develop this industry and bring this technology to Qatar," local media quoted him as saying during ARMY 2017 International Military Technical Forum.
Between 2011 and 2015, Qatar was one of the largest importers of weaponry from the US, purchasing $22.9 billion worth in that period.
But the recent shift in the US-Qatar relationship began after Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar in June.
In the direct aftermath of the blockade, Saudi Arabia invited Trump to a counter-terrorism conference in Riyadh where they spoke of Qatar’s support for terrorists.
The United Arab Emirates recruited mercenaries from American Organization Blackwater aimed at overthrowing Qatar emir and replace him with ruler subservient to Saudi-led bloc, Spanish news daily ABC reported. According to the
Bahrain has accused Qatar of fanning the attempted coup in 2011 to overthrow the King Hamad regime. According to a report published by the Bahrain news agency (BNA) Tuesday, Qatar sparked the unrest in February 2011, helped the protesters with financial and logistic support and also supported with media coverage,
The tiny Kingdom of Qatar has moved up three places on the list of the World's biggest military spenders in two years and now ranks behind Saudi Arabia and India. Qatar, which entered the Top Ten for the first time in 2015 (ranked sixth), is now ranked third, with significant imports from the USA, Germany, Switzerland and France, according to data released by UK Defense and Security Export Statistics for 2016 released last month
Qatar is finalising a deal to buy Russian S-400 air defence systems, the isolated Gulf states ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday. “Negotiations in this direction are in an advanced stage,” Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah told Russias TASS state news agency
Auxiliary components for S-400 air defense systems being sent from Russia to China have been damaged during shipment by sea near the English Channel, the Russian defense industry cooperation service (FSMTC) said Friday. Sputnik news quoted FSMTC spokeswoman Maria Vorobyeva as stating that ship carrying the components has been caught in a storm while passing the English Channel and was forced to return to Russia
Russia has completed negotiations with Turkey for the sale of an S-400 air defense missile system, and has agreed to grant loan for the purchase. "All the issues have been resolved and I discussed this theme while literally entering this hall
Qatars armed forces showcased China-made short-range ballistic missile system, dubbed ‘SY-400, during its 2017 National Day Parade on Monday. The Diplomat reports citing a statement made by an arms analyst Joseph Dempsey that the Qatari SY-400 units appear to have been modified and are capable of carrying two larger caliber BP-12A canisters instead of eight SY-400 canisters
Raytheon has won a $150 million contract for technical expertise and assistance in the training for Qatar Patriot Air Defense systems. The contract includes planning, fielding, deployment, operation, maintenance management, configuration management, logistics support, installation and sustainment of the Qatar Patriot Air Defense Systems and associated equipment, the US department of defense said in a statement Friday
Russia has set up sixteen air defense regiments rearmed with advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems in the last five years, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Gen. Valery Gerasimov said
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