A MoU (memorandum of understanding) was signed by Russia and Qatar which calls for the increase of military and technical collaboration. Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Qatar’s Minister-of-State for Defence and Sergey Shoygu, the Russian Defence Minister, signed the MoU on 25 October in Doha. The Gulf Times reported that this MoU set the stage for supplying armaments which includes air defence systems. However, no further details were provided. During 2017 the defence industry of Russia has made significant incursions in the Middle East and Arab Gulf. Russia’s most remarkable commercial success poses to be the air defence system with a long-range capability, called the Almaz Antey S400 Truimf. Turkey ordered this air defence system, whilst it is currently drawing attention from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Qatar’s roadmap: armed forces
Qatar has blueprinted an exceptional roadmap for transforming its armed forces. Which is remarkable are Doha’s planning for the QEAF (Qatar Emiri Air Force), which ordered 36 Boeing F-15 fighter Jets and 24 Dassault Rafale Jets. During September, a letter of intention was signed with BAE Systems, regarding 24 Eurofighter Typhoon, multi-role jets as well as 6 Hawk training aircraft. However, it is worthwhile to note that Qatar is establishing a supplier pool of diverse arms. Apart from securing attack aircraft from three prime suppliers which is France, the United States and United Kingdom, they have naval and land systems on order from Italy and Germany, respectively.