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  • Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD
    Qatar Wants to Install Italian Amphibibi Vehicle in LPD 16 October 2020
    Italian company Iveco has introduced its new vehicle Superav Land. The new 8x8 Superav Land, which lacks amphibious features, was presented to the Qatari Armed Forces, who were in Italy for a joint military exercise. In addition to Superav Land, Qatari authorities have expressed interest in ACVs as part of its naval program.  ACVs are produced in a joint operation with BAE Systems under Iveco subcontractor. They reach 22 km/h speed while in the water under f...
  • Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar
    Anadolu Shipyard Launches “Al Doha” for Qatar 8 October 2020
    Turkey’s Anadolu Shipyard launched Al Doha, the first of two Cadet Training Ships (CTS) for the Qatari Navy today. Al Doha will be used to train 72 naval cadets. The ship is 90 meters long, has 1.950 tonnes of full load displacement and a maximum speed of 22 knots at full load. The vessel is armed by 30mm Stabilized Gun and 2 12.7mm Machine Guns. Anadolu Shipyard was awarded a contract by the Qatar Armed Forces “QAF” to build two CTS at DIMDEX 2018 on 13th March 20...
  • Qatar Applies for F-35
    Qatar Applies for F-35 8 October 2020
    Qatar has submitted a formal request to the United States to buy F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters' exclusive report. A U.S. State Department spokesman said, “As a matter of policy, the United States does not confirm or comment on proposed defence sales or transfers until they are formally notified to Congress.” The Qatari embassy in Washington, D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Establishing diplomatic relations with ...
  • Qatari Apache Production Completed
    Qatari Apache Production Completed 16 June 2020
    Qatar, which has recently signed important procurement agreements, is about to complete the attack helicopter acquisition process. Boeing, one of the leading defence and aviation companies of the USA, announced that the manufacturing process has been finished in Qatar AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Within the scope of the activities carried out at the company's facility in Mesa, Arizona, the test flights of the platforms were also completed. It is stated that all helicopters ...
  • Qatari Ejder on Exercise
    Qatari Ejder on Exercise 27 March 2020
    Domestic production vehicles continue to achieve an export success. Platforms, which have successfully served in the inventory of different countries, also show up at international events. In the Impregnable Guard 2020 Exercise held in Qatar, in which more than 10 participants participated in different statuses, Turkish indigenous vehicles also seen. Delivered to Qatar within the scope of the exports announced in 2017, Ejder Yalçın was seen for the first t...
  • Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf
    Qatar Submarine in the Arabian Gulf 6 February 2020
    Located on the world's third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, Qatar may operate the submarine. Doha has taken a new step that will be effective in changing the balances in the Gulf region. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defence giant Fincantieri covers the "supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines". The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion Euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. Currently, Iran is the only submarin...
  • Qatar’s New Partner
    Qatar’s New Partner 27 January 2020
    The Italy-based Fincantieri company, which is making new strides to strengthen its position in the Middle East, has reached a new agreement with Qatar. Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defence of Qatar through Barzan Holding, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defence and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership through the evaluation and ...
  • Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots
    Boeing to Train Qatari F-15QA Pilots 30 August 2019
    Pentagon has awarded Boeing USD500 million to begin air and ground training of Qatari personnel on the F-15QA combat aircraft. The award announced on 28 August, will see Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) pilots and maintainers trained on the F-15QA in St Louis, Missouri, through to 2021, after which training will relocate to Qatar and run through to August 2026. Boeing expects to begin delivering the QEAF's 36 F-15QAs from early 2020 through to early 2023. Qatar has options...
  • First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar
    First Rafale Squadron Arrives in Qatar 7 June 2019
      Qatar Receives first Rafale Squadron. Qatar Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani attended a reception ceremony to welcome the first squadron of Rafale fighter jets of the Qatari Amiri Air Force from France. The deal for the Rafale fighter jets was concluded in May 2015 with French company Dassault Aviation SA. France’s delivery comprised five Rafales, out of the first batch of 24 that Qatar ordered in 2015; a s...
  • Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters
    Qatar Received First AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters 15 March 2019
    Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) received first AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters ordered from the U.S. Qatar deputy PM who is Minister of State for Defence Affaires attended the ceremony of the first delivery of AH-64E Guardian helicopters to QWEAF. The deliveries of the helicopters will be completed by the end of May 2020. The new helicopters will allow the Qatari Armed Forces (QAF) to replace its aging airframes (SA342 Gazelle scout helicopter) with multi-...
  • First H125s in Qatar
    First H125s in Qatar 25 January 2019
    Qatar, the H125 helicopters ordered last year began to take delivery. There was no official statement about deliveries, but the platforms were first seen in an image posted on Qatari Television. Helicopters will replace SA 342L Gazelles and painted with Armed Forces Air Academy colours. Platforms ordered last year will take part in training activities. The procurement agreement for H125s was announced at the DIMDEX defense fair in Qatar in 2018.
  • Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory
    Ground breaking Ceremony for Tank Factory 13 January 2019
    BMC company that will produce Altay Main Battle Tanks for Turkish Army has set ground breaking ceremony in Sakarya, Karasu district. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said “Turkish defence firms export armoured vehicles, air defence systems, rocket systems, simulators, coastal security vessels, communication control systems and various software across the world.” Moreover, as a result of accelerating efforts, the defence industry's exports recorded a 17 percent rise com...
  • Qatari Apaches on the Line 15 October 2018
    Boeingr started to Qatar’s production for Apache. The first of the 24 AH-64 Apache helicopters, ordered by Qatar in 2016, entered the production line at Mesa Facilities, located in Arizona, last Saturday. Qatar will pay $ 667 million for procurement. AH-64 Apache helicopter, which serves in the inventory of many countries, is powered by two engines. The helicopter can withstand up to 23 mm ammunition and has a maximum take-off weight of about 9,500 kilograms. The platform, whi...
  • Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar
    Fincantieri Begins Work on the First “Doha” Class Corvette for Qatar 4 August 2018
    The steel cutting ceremony of the first “Doha” class corvette ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition programme, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State of Qatar for Defence Affairs, and the Italian Minister of Defence attended to the ceremony. The contract, amounting for Fincantieri to approx. 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, of wh...
  • Qatar Wants To Join NATO
    Qatar Wants To Join NATO 6 June 2018
    Qatar’s defence minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah said Qatar wanted to become a full member of the 29-country alliance. “Regarding the membership, we are a main ally from outside NATO.. The ambition is full membership if our partnership with NATO develops and our vision is clear.” Attiyah told the official magazine of the Qatari defence ministry, Altalaya. He added that there was a growing relationship between Qatar and the alliance, and Doha could h...
  • Safran to Power Qatari NH90s
    Safran to Power Qatari NH90s 29 March 2018
    Safran Helicopter Engines will supply engines for Qatar's new NH90 fleet. The 28 NH90 military helicopters, acquisition of which were announced on 14 March, will all feature RTM322 engines.  According to the company's release, they will be assembled in Bordes (France) and delivered to Airbus Helicopters' facility in Marignane, where the NH90 tactical transport version (TTH) is assembled, and to the Leonardo Venice-Tessera facility in Northern Italy fo...
  • Fincantieri Will Cooperate with Barzan Holdings
    Fincantieri Will Cooperate with Barzan Holdings 15 March 2018
    Italian Fincantieri and Qatari Ministry of Defence-owned Barzan Holdings signed a letter of intent aimed at studying possible forms of cooperation in the coastal defence surveillance sector, through the implementation of new technologies and cutting-edge program management and maintenance services within the Qatari naval programs.  The agreement was signed in Doha at DIMDEX 2018 fair by Angelo Fusco, Fincantieri Executive Vice President Naval Vessels Business Unit, an...
  • NMS 4x4 Contract Secured at DIMDEX
    NMS 4x4 Contract Secured at DIMDEX 14 March 2018
    Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer Nurol Makina has secured a sales contract at DIMDEX 2018 fair for its NMS 4x4 vehicles. Under the contract, the company will deliver 214 vehicles to the Qatari Special Forces Command. Designed on a V-structured body and indigenous military chassis, 10-ton NMS 4x4 features independent suspension, continuous four-wheel drive, self-contained CTIS (Central Tire Inflating) System. Nurol Makina unveiled the vehicle for the first time at...
  • Turkey Signed Export Contracts at DIMDEX
    Turkey Signed Export Contracts at DIMDEX 13 March 2018
    On the 2nd day of the DIMDEX 2018 fair, significant agreements were signed between Turkish firms and the State of Qatar. At the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018) held in Doha, Turkey has signed new export contracts. Under a contract, BMC will produce 50 Kirpi MRAP and 35 Amazon armored vehicles for the needs of the Qatari army. After two years of negotiations, a final agreement was signed between ADIK Shipyard and Qatari Navy for the supply of two tra...
  • Beretta Invests in Qatari Market
    Beretta Invests in Qatari Market 13 March 2018
    Qatar’s Barzan Holdings and Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta established a joint venture in Qatar, dubbed BINDIG, to supply weapons for the Qatari government. The construction of a new factory in Doha for the production of guns and shotguns is also planned and where, in the future, new light weapons systems can be developed. Beretta continues to increase the number of subsidiaries through a policy of strategic investments and acquisitions aimed at expanding the range of products an...
  • Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract
    Qatar Inked 24 Eurofighter Typhoon Contract 11 December 2017
    Qatar signed a deal with the United Kingdom to purchase 24 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. Qatar's Defence Ministry announced that British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyyah met in the capital Doha. During the meeting, an agreement was signed between the two countries to establish a 'joint operation fleet'. In the statement, information on the value of the agreement and the delivery date of the aircraft were not ...
  • 56th Issue Sector News
    56th Issue Sector News 11 December 2017
    India is All Smiles with Smart Bomb Ships of the Gulf, Entrusted to Rolls-Royce Cochin Shipyard Will Carry the Torch NIMR Automotive to Supply Turkmenistan's Special Operations Vehicles Berlin Says, "Survivor R" HForce Passed Ballistic Tests Will the US Share "Know-how"? "Tactic-Oriented" Training, Completed New Era in Damage Detection Technology Transfer from Denmark to...
  • Qatar becomes first VBCI export customer
    Qatar becomes first VBCI export customer 10 December 2017
    NEXTER has secured an export customer in Qatar, following a billion-dollar trade deal finalised between France and the Gulf state. The Qataris have committed to purchasing 490 VBCI vehicles from French manufacturer but the potential value of the contract, number of variants, or a production schedule is not made public. What turret system will arm the Qatari’s IFV variant is also still unknown. The French Army currently utilises a conventional one-man 25mm turret for ...
  • HAVELSAN's AW139 Sim Entered Inventory in Qatar
    HAVELSAN's AW139 Sim Entered Inventory in Qatar 5 November 2017
    The AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter simulation training center produced by Havelsan for Qatar officially commissioned. Havelsan announced on its official Twitter account that "The opening of the Qatar AW139 Simulation Training Center was held with the participation of Turkish and Qatari Defence Ministers." The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), on its official twitter account, said, "We wish the AW139 Flight Training Center, made by Havelsan, ...
  • Qatar, Russia Signed MoU on Defence
    Qatar, Russia Signed MoU on Defence 27 October 2017
    Qatar and Russia have signed a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) on 25 October for increased military and technical cooperation. Under the intergovernmental agreement, Qatar will supply armaments, air defence systems and a variety of military equipment.  The agreements were signed between Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid bin Mohammed al-Atiyya. The meeting also discussed a number of regional and i...
  • S-400 Request by Qatar
    S-400 Request by Qatar 25 August 2017
    Qatar requested a demonstration of capabilities of S-400 Triumph and Pantsyr-S systems from Russia during the Army 2017 Forum. Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu, who had a meeting with his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah during the event, stated that participation of the Qatari delegation in the Army Forum would promote establishing of closer relations between both countries.  Minister of State for Defence of Qatar, on the ot...
  • HAVELSAN at Qatar 9 August 2017
    HAVELSAN (Hava Elektronik Sanayii-Aviation Electronics Industry) will open an office in Qatar. According to the Anadolu news agency, HAVELSAN is in talks with the Qatari authorities on many issues. Technical training and marine systems, in particular, cyber security, information technology, command and control systems and simulation technology is aimed at the business alliance.
  • Gokova Arrived to Qatar 1 August 2017
    Turkish Navy frigate TCG Gokova has arrived to Hamad Port. According to Qatari authorities, Turkey and Qatar will organize a joint exercise. Hamad Port, Doha Naval Base and Qatar Territorial Waters are planned to be exercise areas. Participiants aimed improve interoperability and sufficiency with this exercise.
  • Production for Qatar Will Begin in 2019
    Production for Qatar Will Begin in 2019 19 June 2017
    Boeing plans to begin production of F-15 Advanced Eagle aircraft for Qatar in 2019. The company officials revealed that if the agreement is finalised in near future, production of 36 F-15QAs will begin in 2019 and completed by 2022.  The $12 billion contract was signed on 14 June during Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs visit to Washington. The F-15QA is an advanced variant of the two-seated F-15E Strike Eagle, equipped with an active el...
  • Plot Twist By The US
    Plot Twist By The US 16 June 2017
    Qatar has signed a $12 billion contract for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft, according to the country's Ministry of Defence announcement on 14 June. The deal was finalised in Washington by Qatari Minister of Defence Khalid Al Attiyah and US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis. The US has approved the possible sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for $21,1 billion in November last year and the recent contract marks the first order in this scope. This acquisition wi...
  • HAVELSAN's Simulator On Its Way to Qatar
    HAVELSAN's Simulator On Its Way to Qatar 28 December 2016
    Developed indigeniously by HAVELSAN, a Turkish Armed Forces Foundation Company, Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopter Full Mission Simulator (AW139 FMS) headed out for Qatar on 22 December. HAVELSAN also provided Qatari pilots with AW139 simulation training at the company’s simulator centre in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Naval Based DIMDEX 2016 9 April 2016
    Organised for the fifth time in Doha this year, DIMDEX 2016 Exhibition was officially launched by the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Exhibition was mostly a local event, at which more than 150 participants from 25 countries displayed their products. It was visited by important delegates from 60 countries. Countries with high expectations for trade like Turkey, France and Italy were represented at the level of defence ministers.