The Qatari Armed forces signed deals worth almost $9 billion at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2016 this week.

During the show the Qatari armed forces made a number of significant deals, including the consolidation of a deal for 24 Dassault Rafale fighters armed with long-range cruise missiles worth $7.6 billion and a coastal battery system with MBDA worth $710 million.

France had the lion’s share of sales to the Qatari Armed Forces with a total of $8.4 billion out of the $8.9 billion total deals that also included the purchase of a 51 percent stake of Polish company WKK, which specializes in the manufacture of composite materials and fuselage production. […]