European missile producer MBDA has signed a deal worth more than €1 billion to supply Qatar with missiles for new naval vessels it is buying from Italy.

The contract, signed by MBDA Italia, covers Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles as well as Aster 30 Block 1 and VL MICA air defense missiles, the firm said in a statement.

The contract follows the signing of a letter of award covering the deal in Rome on June 16, the same day that Qatar signed a €3.8 billion (US $5.1 billion) contract to buy seven naval vessels from Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard. […]