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Qatar requests AOC upgrade

13th March 2018 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale to Qatar for equipment and support to upgrade the Qatari Emiri Air Force’s Air Operation Center (AOC), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 8 March.

The proposed sale will enhance the performance of integrated air defence planning and provide US-Qatari systems interoperability. 

In a package worth $197 million, Qatar has requested one multifunctional information distribution system low volume terminal, Global Positioning System Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module chips, simple key loaders, high assurance Internet Protocol Encryptors and ground support system components for Link-16.

Qatar has also requested infrastructure construction, integration, installation, and sustainment services, cybersecurity services, technical and support facilities, COMSEC support, secure communications equipment, encryption devices, software development, security certification and accreditation, technical and logistics support services.

The State Department said that the upgrade of the AOC will support the defensive capability of Qatar.

If the sale goes ahead, Raytheon will be the prime contractor for the work.

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