The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin-guided missiles and associated equipment to Qatar.
Under the estimated $122m FMS programme, Qatar also requested for the supply of a total of 500 Javelin missiles, 50 command launch units (CLU), battery coolant units, enhanced performance basic skills trainer (EPBST), missile simulation rounds (MSR), tripods and Javelin weapon effects simulator (JAVWES).
Additional items included in the proposed package are support equipment, spare and repair parts, rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, battery chargers and dischargers, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, as well as other related logistical support services.
The potential sale will not only contribute to the foreign policy and national security of US, but also help improve security of Qatar, which continues to serve as an important force in maintaining political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
In addition to improving Qatar's capabilities to meet current and future threats, the missiles will provide greater security for its oil and natural gas infrastructure, as well as enhancing homeland defence capabilities.
Qatar will use three Javelin-guided missiles for its armed forces.
Joint Javelin Venture (JJV), a consortium of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, will serve as prime contractor for the programme.
Equipped with an automatic self-guidance, the FGM-148 Javelin is a portable, shoulder-fired anti-tank guided missile, suitable for operation against existing and future threats from armoured combat vehicles in all environments.
The lightweight missile is also capable of engaging helicopters in direct-attack mode in the battlefield.
Image: A soldier operating a Javelin anti-tank missile. Photo: file image.