Saudis Take Delivery of Final MRTT

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the sixth and final A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to Saudi Arabia, IHS Jane’s was told by a company official at the Paris Air Show on 18 June. This is the third aircraft in a second batch of three MRTTs ordered by the kingdom in 2009. The previous two […]

Gulf Air Forces Display New-Found Confidence

In recent years, the air forces of the Gulf nations have undergone a dramatic transformation, growing in both size and stature. In the past few months, the Royal Bahraini Air Force, the Royal Jordanian Air Force, the Qatar Emiri Air Force, the Royal Saudi Air Force and the UAE Air Force and Air Defence have […]

$23.9B in Deals Announced on Last Day of Dimdex

The Qatari Armed Forces today announced deals with US weapons manufactures worth US $7.6 billion, including Apache helicopters, Javelin missiles and PAC 3 Patriot systems. The deals, announced at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX), came in a string of announcements publicized on the last day of the show totaling 87 billion Qatar rials […]

France Says Qatar Agrees 2 Bln Euro Helicopter Order

France’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday Qatar had agreed to buy 22 NH90 military helicopters from a unit of European aerospace group Airbus worth 2 billion euros ($2.76 billion) and two Airbus-made refuelling tankers. NHIndustries is 62.5 percent owned by Airbus helicopter unit Eurocopter, 32 percent owned by Italian defence group Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland unit and […]

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 […]