Qatar Wants To Buy S-400 Air Defense Systems From Russia

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Qatar Wants To Buy S-400 Air Defense Systems From Russia

Sputnik/ Mihail Mokrushin

Doha is interested in buying S-400 air defense systems from Moscow, Qatar’s Ambassador to Russia Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah said in an interview with TASS.

“The answer is yes, we are already in advanced negotiations,” TASS quoted the diplomat. The Qatari official added the negotiations are now about “air defense systems and capabilities for our land forces as well.”

Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah recalled an agreement on military-technical cooperation signed between Qatar and Russia during the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Doha in October 2017.

“This paves the way for cooperation between Russia and Qatar in defense, in sales of military hardware, training of officers and soldiers, maintenance, and of course intelligence cooperation,” he noted.

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  • AM Hants

    Interesting, if all the Russian S400 and systems in the area are linked in together. Will that keep NATO Forces out of the Middle East? Genuine question.

    • Tudor Miron

      It will require all operators of this system to have some kind of treaty and defense agreement.

      • AM Hants

        Thank you.

      • You can call me Al

        mmm yes, that is rather obvious. But Turkey backed Qatar, Iran supplied them aid – against the Saudis, so Iran and Qatar are close, Iran and Turkey unbelievably are getting closer and of course you have the Russian suppliers and common ally.

        Forgetting all the diplomatic BS speak, what if Turkey are in Syria by invite ???

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    • You can call me Al

      AM – top totti and a great mind sometimes.

      Turkey, Qatar, Syria – what about the Saudis ones though ? – http://noomag.com/2017/10/08/saudis-want-s-400-system-from-russian-federation.html

    • Floyd Hazzard

      Only if they share codes and intelligence, and preferably a joint command and response center, but yes, a joint umbrella could be devised to produce an area of denial of access. They would also have to include BUKs and Pantsir-S1’s with the Triumpfs though. An umbrella like that would lock a lot of aircraft out unless the pilots are suicidal. It would basically ground all western aircraft and those of their allies in the area.

  • Xanatos

    Russia’s demonstration of the S-400 in the syrian war has helped make it one of russia’s biggest weapons exports. Everyone wants them now. It’s a good system, capable of shooting down jets, cruise missiles and drones. Even stealth jets like the F-22 fear them.

    They can be overwhelmed by barrage attacks, having limited number of missiles. They are not invulnerable. But it is their lethality that makes them precious. No airforce wants to lose an extremely expensive jet, but even greater is their fear of losing their reputation for air superiority.