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Qatar: Boost to air defences

Doha is to upgrade its air defences at an estimated cost of $197m. The United States Defense Security Co-operation Agency notified Congress of the deal on 7 March. It includes equipment and software to improve air defence planning at the Qatar Emiri Air Force air operation centre and will provide US-Qatari systems interoperability. The main supplier is Raytheon. The US State Department said the equipment will strengthen Qatar’s capability to counter current and future threats in the region and reduce its dependence on US forces.

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