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In latest arms purchase, Qatar orders 500 missiles, other weapons from US

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Qatar has requested to buy $122 million in weapons from the United States, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has said.

The request for a purchase of 500 Javelin Guided Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support was announced on the DSCA’s website on Thursday.

It includes:

50 Command Launch Units (CLU), Battery Coolant Units, Enhanced Performance Basic Skills Trainer (EPBST), Missile Simulation Rounds (MSR), tripods, Javelin Weapon Effects Simulator (JAVWES), spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment.

The purchase, which will most likely be cleared by US lawmakers, adds to the vast arsenal that Qatar has been amassing in recent years, presumably to shore up defenses against a possible conflict with Iran.

Last year, the country spent $6.5 billion on a new missile-defense system from Lockheed Martin Corp.

Also in 2012, both the UAE and Qatar spent billions of dollars on new Apache and Black Hawk attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles from the US. Qatar has also bought tanks from Germany, and has reportedly permitted the US to build a missile-defense radar station at an undisclosed site in Qatar.

Credit: Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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