Russia and Qatar are holding talks on possible supplies of Sukhoi-35 fighter jets to the Qatari Air Force, Vladimir Kozhin, the Russian President’s 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.
This is the second weapons procurement announcement after Russia’s presidential aide for military-technical cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, singled out Qatar as an important new Russian arms export partner.
A while ago, on Jan. 25, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah told TASS that Doha was holding “advanced negotiations” with Moscow over the purchase of S-400 air missile defense systems.
Since the start of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) blockade against Qatar in June, Doha has upgraded its military capabilities to defend itself against what it perceives as aggressive actions from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The Qatari Defense Ministry had also signed a landmark military technology sharing agreement with Moscow in October last year.
Qatar will reportedly expand the US airbase located in southwest of Doha, that currently houses about 10,000 US military personnel, the countrys 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
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
The British and Qatari governments have signed a £6 billion ($8 billion) agreement to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft. The British Defense Secretary, Gavin Williamson and his Qatari counterpart, Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah, oversaw the signing of the contract, building on the statement of intent signed in September this year, UK ministry of defense said in a statement Sunday
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
Russian state arms exporter, Rosoboronexport sees prospects for the Piranya mini-submarine meant for patrolling littoral waters and the larger Amur Class Diesel-electric submarine in Qatar, a statement issued on the occasion of the DIMDEX 2018 event in Qatar said. Qatar is facing up to a Saudi-led air, land and sea blockade and just last week it complained that UAE naval ships kidnapped its fishermen while they were operating in Qatari territorial waters
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