U.S. Service members stands by a Patriot missile battery in Gaziantep, Turkey, Feb. 4, 2013, during a visit from U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, not shown. U.S. and NATO Patriot missile batteries and personnel deployed to Turkey in supp
CAIRO – 3 December 2017: Raytheon will install a “Patriot” air defense system for the Qatari army, with the permission of the Pentagon, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Raytheon is a U.S. defense contractor, and is the world's largest producer of guided missiles. They were awarded about $150.2 million in contracts, according to a press release by the U.S. Department of Defense. Qatar could have a contract with Raytheon for providing technical expertise and assistance in installing and maintaining the Qatar Patriot air defense systems and associated equipment.
Work is scheduled to end in Doha by November 30, 2022, according to the release.
On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism.
Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview with TV host Lamees el-Hadidy in November that the Arab Quartet will not resort to using military force with Qatar, as the crisis between Qatar and some Arab states is a “very small problem.”
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