Qatar is a tiny state of only 300,000 Qataris and 1,700,000 expatriates, but it is an energy juggernaut. Ruled by the Al Thani family, Qatar’s wealth has enabled the country to have outsized influence throughout the region. Home to the U.S. CENTCOM’s largest air base, Qatar has protection from its primary strategic concern: Iran. Since the Arab Spring, Qatar has actively tried to influence politics in Egypt, where it was publicly supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood-led government prior to Mohammed Morsi’s removal in July 2013. Qatar also provides financial support to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood groups around the region, and various elements of the Syrian opposition, including some that display clear-cut extremist tendencies.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    10% of GDP
  • GDP
    $183.4 Billion

Raytheon Awarded $1 Billion to Provide Qatar an Early Warning Radar System

Raytheon Co., Woburn, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $1,066,297,129 fixed-price, incentive-firm letter contract for a Qatar early warning radar system. Contractor will provide an early warning radar system that will be integrated into the Qatar integrated air and missile defense enterprise. Work will be performed at Woburn, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by […]


Raytheon Awarded $202 Million to Provide Patriot Engineering Services for Israel, Kuwait, Qatar, Others

Raytheon Co., Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $202,185,977 firm-fixed-price, level-of-effort, foreign military sales contract (Germany, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, and Taiwan) for engineering services for the PATRIOT weapon systems program.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in multiple locations with an […]


NATO Seeks Closer Ties with Gulf, Opens New Center

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday called for boosting security cooperation with the Gulf states as the Western military alliance opened its first office in the region. “It will be a vital hub for cooperation between the alliance and our Gulf partners,” Stoltenberg said at the inauguration of the center in Kuwait in the presence […]


Raytheon Awarded $9 Million to Develop a Air and Missile Defense Operations Center for Qatar

Raytheon Co. – Integrated Defense System, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $9,093,075 modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA8730-15-C-0002 for Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center. Contractor will provide procurement of Foreign Military Sales Cross Domain Solutions development to System Verification Test. Work will be performed at Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and is expected to […]


Raytheon Awarded $163 Million to Provide Patriot Missile Training to the Qatar Emeri Air Force

Raytheon Co.-IDS, Andover, Maryland, was awarded a $163,272,761 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Qatar) contract for integrated air and missile defense; related miscellaneous training; english language training; a series of pre-PATRIOT military occupational specialty and Qatar specific PATRIOT training classes to the Qatar Emeri Air Force service members who are identified for the program.  Bids were […]


Turkish Armor Makers in Talks to Produce 1,000 Vehicles for Qatar

A new multinational venture featuring Turkish, German and Malaysian manufacturers is in talks with Qatar to produce 1,000 armored vehicles — just one component of an aggressive marketing strategy that targets Gulf, Middle Eastern and Middle Asian markets. In August, Turkish manufacturer BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetal and Malaysia’s Etika Strategi joined forces to launch a Turkish subsidiary. RBSS, the […]


Raytheon Awarded $208 Million to Provide Stinger Missiles to Qatar, India, and Italy

Raytheon Co. – Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, was awarded a $207,949,988 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (Qatar, India, and Italy) for production of Stinger FIM-92H Block 1 missiles, Stinger FIM-92F Block 1 missiles, captive flight trainers, other training devices and associated equipment and spares. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work […]


Lockheed Awarded $30 Million to Provide Patriot PAC-3 MSE System to Qatar for Flight Tests

Lockheed Martin Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas, was awarded a $29,589,754 modification (P0013) to foreign military sales contract (Qatar) W31P4Q-12-G-0001 for phased array tracking radar intercept on target, advanced capability three, and missile segment enhancement task order for Qatar flight test.  Work will be performed in multiple locations with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, […]


US on Track for Record Foreign Weapon Sales

In just three short months, the US State Department has blown past its dollar total of foreign weapon sales cases for all of last year — but a close look at the numbers shows that industry should temper its expectations for the rest of 2017. Through Dec. 23, the State Department has ok’d 21 foreign […]


The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]


The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]


IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]


Israel’s Naval Iron Dome: Ideal for Qatar, But A Deal Not Likely

Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled the “C-Dome” system at last week’s Euronaval conference in France. The system, which some are calling “Naval Iron Dome,” will enable sea vessels to knock down threats from the sky, including aircraft and missiles. The system will be particularly useful to Israel as it develops new platforms for […]


Qatar’s Arms Bonanza

Growing concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and other potential military threats from Tehran have made the Middle East one of the most active arms markets in world. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the Middle East was the second largest market for major arms imports in 2013. A week ago, the small Gulf nation […]

Category Name

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 70* (29*)

Aircraft 72 (176*)

Artillery 68 (12)

Ground Vehicles 375 (74)

Guided Munitions 604* (2,116*)

Personnel 11,800 (0)

Ships 20 (34*)