Qatar orders coastal defense system from MBDA

Europe's MBDA is to supply the navy of Qatar with a coastal defense system that uses both Marte and Exocet missiles.

Richard Tomkins 
Missiles from MBDA have been ordered by Qatar for coastal defense. Photo courtesy MBDA
 
Qatar's naval forces are to receive a coastal defense system from Europe's MBDA that will deploy both Marte extended-range and Exocet MM40 Block 3 missiles.
The missiles will be able to work in autonomous mode with their own radar, or alternatively by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.
"I am delighted that Qatar has confirmed the trust placed in MBDA for its defense requirements, just a few months after signing the MOU [memorandum of understanding] ...," said Antoine Bouvier, MBDA's chief executive officer.
"MBDA is now one of the country's leading defense suppliers and will continue to show its long-standing commitment and support for the Qatari Armed Forces."
The European group said a contract for the system was signed Wednesday in Doha, the Qatari capital. The value of the contract and other details were not disclosed. The contract, however, follows the one MBDA signed with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces last June to supply missiles for new naval vessels recently procured from Fincantieri.
MBDA is owned jointly by Airbus Group, BAE Systems and Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
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