Missile defense capability contract awarded to Raytheon

WASHINGTON. Raytheon Company announced it was awarded two direct commercial sales contracts by the State of Qatar for additional integrated air and missile defense capability.

The contracts, worth approximately $2.2 billion, include the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS), final certification of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Extended Range (AMRAAM-ER), and an unspecified quantity of additional Patriot fire units. These awards are part of a larger agreement being pursued by the Qataris with the U.S. government. The combined value is expected to total up to $3 billion.

Qatar is the first country to procure AMRAAM-ER, the surface-to-air extended-range variant of the combat-proven AMRAAM air-to-air-missile. Qatar is the 11th country to procure NASAMS, a medium-range air-defense solution manufactured by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS. NASAMS uses the Raytheon Sentinel radar, and fires multiple interceptors, including AMRAAM-ER.

The Patriot system is the backbone of air and missile defense for 16 nations.