Qatar requests NASMAS from US
The US State Department has made a determination approving a potential foreign military sale of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) to Qatar, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 27 November.
In a package worth $215 million, Qatar has requested NASAMS along with Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment and support. This includes 40 AIM 120C-7 AMRAAM missiles, one spare AIM 120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section, one spare AIM-120C-7 control section, eight AMRAAM captive air training missiles, missile containers, classified software for the AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel radar, cryptographic and communication security devices and precision navigation equipment.
The NASAMS capability would provide a full range of protection from hostile cruise missile, unmanned aerial vehicles, rotary wing and fixed wing threats.If the sale goes ahead, the prime contractor and integrator will be Raytheon Missiles Systems.
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