MADRID, 30 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The United States Department of State has approved this Tuesday a package of possible arms sales worth 966 million euros to Qatar, which includes air defense systems against drones, ammunition and training of military personnel.
Specifically, the US Government has pre-authorized the military sale to the Qatari Executive of the Integrated Defeat System for Fixed, Slow and Small Unmanned Aircraft (FS-LIDS) as well as the related equipment after the delivery of the required certification from the Cooperation Agency for Defense Security.
The Government of Qatar has requested the purchase of ten FS-LIDS, which include 200 Coyote Block 2 interceptors. Also included are the Electronic Warfare System Against Unmanned Drones (CUAEWS), Coyote Launchers, Ku Band Multi-function Radio Frequency Radars (KuMRFS ).
The pre-sale also includes advanced air defense command and control (FAAD C2), communications equipment, delivery and support of software or personnel training, as detailed by the State Department in a statement.
"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the letter released by the Executive of the United States.
"The proposed sale will enhance Qatar's ability to deal with current and future threats by providing electronic and kinetic defeat capabilities against unmanned aerial systems. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing these items and services into its Armed Forces," he said. added, assuring that the proposed sale "will not upset the basic military balance in the region."