GDA 2017: Raytheon to assist Qatari Patriot capability
Raytheon has been awarded a $150 million FMS contract to assist the Gulf state of Qatar with its missile defence programme, one of a number of Patriot operators in the region.
In a statement released by the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon will provide ‘technical expertise and assistance’ in training, deployment, operation, logistics support and sustainment of the Qatari Patriot air defence capability.
The award, announced on 1 December, was the sole bid solicited for the programme, with work in Doha given an estimated completion date of 2022.
Missile defence has become a vital capability being sought by GCC countries, many of whom have chosen to upgrade their Patriot missile systems to meet emerging threats and evolving technologies.
As well as the possible threat from regional countries such as Iran, there is a significant non-state actor threat, using rudimentary but still lethal dumb rockets and other munitions.
Additionally, the growing proxy war in Yemen has seen the Houthi tribal faction acquire an apparent ballistic missile capability, with recent attack on airports in Saudi Arabia and a claimed targeting of UAE nuclear facility in the final stages of construction.
Emirati state news however said that no such attack took place and existing air defence systems were capable of defending UAE territory. The UAE has fielded Patriot missile systems since 2009.
In May this year the US State Department approved a possible FMS for PAC-3 missiles and other equipment in a deal valued at $2 billion.
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