QATAR GOES SHOPPING
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.