Qatar will reportedly expand the US airbase located in southwest of Doha, that currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah said during his visit to Washington, DC, this week.
The plan to expand Al Udeid base - home of the US Air Force Central Command - will allow for 200 more housing units for officers and their families. "It will very soon become a family-oriented place for our American friends there. We want more of the families to be stable and feel more comfortable in their stay," al-Attiyah said at an event held by the Heritage Foundation, a US-based think-tank, Sunday, Doha based newspaper, Peninsula reported
The minister estimated that “80 percent of aerial refueling in the region is from Udeid,” meaning that the bulk of the US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria would be impossible if not for Qatar’s cooperation.
He also for the first time revealed a “big plan” by Qatar to “make Al-Udeid permanent.”
“Colleagues in the US Department of Defense are reluctant to mention the word permanent, but we are working from our side to make it permanent,” he stressed.
Al-Attiyah added the US presence has been beneficial for Qatar's armed forces. "We're learning a lot on the military side by flying side-by-side. We are learning from the Americans, it's a real operational environment".
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
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
Qatar has agreed on purchase of 490 VBCI armored vehicles and 50 Airbus twin-engine A321 airplanes with an option of buying 30 more from France. Qatar will buy the VBCI armored vehicles from French Nexter, the agreements were signed as part of $12 billion deals during the French president Emmanuel Macrons visit to Doha on Thursday
Qatar and France today signed $12 billion in deals including the purchase of 12 Dassault Rafale jets with an option to buy 36 more fighter planes. The deals were signed between Qatar's Emir and French President Emmanuel Macron during the French president's visit to Doha on Thursday
Qatar has launched Barzan Holdings, the first defence and Security Company responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the Qatar Armed Forces, during the on-going DIMDEX 2018, Dohas daily The Peninsula reports. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Chairman of Barzan Holdings, H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, stated that Barzan Holdings main objective is to meet Qatars long-term defence and security needs, and is strengthening Qatars future by setting a road map for Qatars military and security industries
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of equipment and support to upgrade the Qatari Emiri Air Forces (QEAF) Air Operation Center (AOC) for an estimated cost of $197 million. The purchase is meant to enhance the performance of integrated air defense planning and provide US-Qatari systems interoperability
Russia and Qatar are holding talks on possible supplies of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets to the Qatari Air Force, Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian Presidents aide for cooperation in defense technologies told reporters on Thursday. "Talks are in progress," he was quoted as saying by the Russian state news agency TASS
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