U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al Attiyah shake hands after signing an arms system agreement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia July 14, 2014 reuters/Jonathan Ernst
The United States will sell Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters to Qatar in an arms deal valued at $11 billion, reports published Monday indicated.
In an agreement signed at the Pentagon by the U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar’s Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiyah, the U.S. committed to the sale of 10 radars and 34 launchers for Patriot missile systems, designed to knock out incoming missiles, 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin antitank missiles. This is reportedly the biggest U.S. arms sale of 2014.
This is the first time Qatar would acquire Patriot missiles, which have the ability to intercept incoming missiles and destroy enemy tanks and planes.