Qatar signs deals worth $9B at DIMDEX Including 24 Rafale fighters

ARABIAN DEFENSE -- 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.

"[The year] 2015 saw, in particular, a decision by the Qatari authorities to buy French Rafales and earlier we signed, consolidated the initiative undertook by Qatari authorities last May, so our relations are good," French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said at the Rafale signing in Doha.

"I wanted to add that our relations with Qatar are global, which means that we share strategic exchanges, information on the situation in the Middle East. We have a strong relation and largely common views."

At the exhibition Le Drian hinted that his government is offering additional systems and capabilities to the Qataris and more deals might yet come.

"This forum allows [us] to see everything that France can offer in terms of equipment and its capacities, with the different companies and businesses that are here, including in the helicopter field and the naval field. There are ongoing discussions on several topics, and they are confidential and honest," he said.

The deals:

Rafale International (Dassault Aviation) for 24 Rafale fighter jets, support equipment and training. $7.6B
Qatari company Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) for diving support boats. $47.8M
Turkish company Yonca Onuc (J.V.) for the purchase of fast interceptor vessels. $46.6M
European company Zodiac for the purchase of armed fast attack vessels. $18.67M
French company Airbus for a long distance satellite ground imaging station. $54.9M
South Korean company AK & Partners, Inc. for surveillance vehicles. $9.5M
US company Aurora for drone sensor integration $126.4M
US company L-3 for MX20D and M25 drone $34.8M
US company Textron Systems for Aerosonde MK 4.7 drones $34.8M
US company Lockheed Martin 3-year C-130 maintenance contract $13.7M
European company MBDA for coastal battery system $710M
European company MBDA for new Exocet MM40 B3 missiles $65.9M
German company MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH for maintenance and overhaul of the MTU propulsion system $26M
Qatari company Nakilat for the training of navy officers. Undisclosed.
Al Zaeem M.B.A.A. Air Academy and French company DCI for fighter and helicopter pilot training. $37M
German company Reiner Stemme Utility Air-Systems GmbH for the production of drones. $100.2M
Purchase of 51 percent of Polish company WKK, which specializes in the manufacture of composite materials and fuselage production. Undisclosed.
French company Thales for Searchmaster radar. $16.4M
Deal with Chinese National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CASIC) for the provision of support in the fields of production and military cooperation between the drone project committee and CASIC. Undisclosed.
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