In a sign of thawing relations between Qatar and its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) big brother Saudi Arabia, the former participated in a GCC Ground Forces Commanders meet held in the Saudi Capital, Riyadh earlier this week.
The 18th meeting of GCC ground forces commanders ended on March 7, after running for two days at the General Secretariat headquarters in Riyadh, Qatar News Agency reported.
The delegation of Qatar was chaired by deputy commander of the Qatari Amiri Land Force Brigadier General Saeed Haseen Al Khayarin. During the meeting they discussed issues related to joint military action and ways to enhance cooperation between the ground forces, in addition to a brief presentation on the unified military leadership of the GCC countries consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This is perhaps the first military-to-military contact between the two GCC members ever since Saudi Arabia imposed an air -blockade on Qatar besides closing its sea and land border in June 2017.
In addition, the Qatari military also joined the Saudi force in the ongoing two-week long joint-military exercise that began on 23 February, “Peninsula Shield,” that will consist of training and exercises on land, sea and air; thus easing the tensions between countries to an extent. The drill is scheduled to end on March 12.
The 2017 blockade followed an accusation by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and UAE, when the countries blamed Doha of harbouring extremists and developing friendly relations with Iran; an accusation that Qatar has been denying.
The quartet then issued a list consisting of 13 demands for Qatar to comply within ten days, in order to normalise the severed ties between the countries.
The list included demands to shut down the Al Jazeera media network, expelling Turkish troops from the country, cutting off ties with Iran, and making reparation payments to the states. The demands were rejected by Qatar, which denounced them as attempts to infringe its sovereignty.
Qatar is in talks with Russia to acquire various Russian defense equipment, including the S-400 Triumf missile air defense system. "There is a discussion for procurement of various Russian equipment but there is no understanding as of yet as to this particular equipment (S-400)
The steel cutting ceremony of the first patrol vessel (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel) ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx
Boeing has been awarded a foreign military sales contract to provide post-production support services for the Qatar Armed Forces Apache helicopter fleet. “The Boeing Co
Qatar and the European Union (EU) concluded discussions for a potential open skies agreement last week which will give airlines of the EU nations and Qatar Airways unrestricted access to one anothers airports. The deal is seen as giving a tremendous advantage to the Qatari carrier at the expense of European airlines such as Lufthansa, KLM-Air France and Alitalia
The United States has approved the request of Government of Qatar's to purchase 24 AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters, spare parts and related equipment from the United States for $3 billion. The contract includes twenty-four (24) AH-64E Apache Attack helicopters; fifty-two (52) T700-GE-701D engines (2 per aircraft, 4 spares); twenty-six (26) AN/ASQ-170 Modernized Target Acquisition and Designation Sight (MTADS) (1 per aircraft, 2 spares); twenty-six (26) AN/AAQ-11 Modernized Pilot Night Vision Sensors (1 per aircraft, 2 spare); eight (8) AN/APG-78 Fire Control Radars (FCR) with Radar Electronics Unit (LONGBOW component); eight (8) AN/APR-48 Modernized-Radar Frequency Interferometers (MRFI); twenty-nine (29) AN/AAR-57 Common Missile...
Qatar has received the first of 24 Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian helicopters. Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to Qatar Emiri Air Force Friday
Qatar signed a deal for Turkeys first indigenously-made main battle tank, the Altay, on Tuesday. “According to the agreement, Qatar will buy up to 100 tanks from Turkey and 40 of them will be delivered to the Gulf country in the first phase,” Ali İhsan Yavuz, Vice Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) told Daily Sabah
Taiwan to Host 15 Nation Cyber-security Exercise in November
Japanese Radars, MSDF Crews Failed to Track N.Korean Missiles Due to Low...
Iraq Not Buying Russian S-400 Systems: Iraqi Ambassador to Russia
US to Develop Shape-changing Robots from 3D-Printed ‘Smart Active Particles’ for Swarming...
Israel to Modernise Ukrainian MiG-29 Jets for $440M
MiG-35 Shows Off New AESA Radar at MAKS 2019
Russian S-300s, S-400s Fail to Detect Israeli F-35s Flying Over Syria: Reports...
Russia Unveils its Biggest Ever Drone to Compete with US Global Hawk
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...