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QATAR GOES SHOPPING

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Buys $11 Billion in Weapons
By SOF Editor

The Qatari military will be getting a lot of advanced hardware from the United States – as the Persian Gulf nation announced the purchase of a number of advanced weapon systems. The deal, signed at the Pentagon earlier this week, raised some controversy.

According to media reports, Qatar will be buying AH-64 Apache helicopters (pictured right), Patriot surface-to-air missiles, and Javelin anti-tank missiles. Most of the media reports have misidentified the Javelin as a surface-to-air missile.

Unnamed U.S. officials who talked with Agencie France Presse placed the quantities of weapons being sold as 24 AH-64 Apaches, over 500 of the Javelin anti-tank missiles, and ten Patriot batteries.

Qatar is also looking to eventually replace a dozen aging Mirage 2000 fighters that were bought in 1997. Several airframes, including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, the F-15 Eagle, and the Eurofighter Typhoon, are reportedly under consideration to replace the Mirages.