Raytheon has been awarded a contract for the supply of new-production Patriot air and missile defence system fire units to Qatar.

Valued at $2.4bn, the foreign military sales contract forms part of an Armed Services modernisation and recapitalisation effort announced by Qatar in March.

Under the contract, the company will supply the latest Patriot fire units featuring increased computing power and radar processing efficiency, improved man-machine interface and reduced life-cycle costs.

Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business president Dan Crowley said: "This award is yet another example of the trust countries around the world place in the combat-proven Patriot.

"The foreign military sales contract forms part of an Armed Services modernisation and recapitalisation effort announced by Qatar in March."

"As our customer base continues to grow, our global partners benefit from the shared costs for system upgrades and enhancements through Raytheon’s unique Engineering Services Programme.

"This ensures that Patriot remains at the highest level of readiness to counter current and evolving threats anywhere in the world."

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Earlier this month, the company received a $75.6m contract from the US Air Force to create an air and missile defence operation centre (ADOC) for Qatar.

Apart from Patriot, the ADOC will integrate other US air defence systems such as the early warning radar, and terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD) with European air defence systems, and radars and Qatar’s air operation centre.

The Patriot system is expected to serve as the cornerstone of Qatar’s advanced integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) capability.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be carried out at Raytheon’s Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Massachusetts, El Paso, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, US.

Patriot is claimed to be the world’s most modern and capable air and missile defence system, offering protection against a full range of advanced threats. This includes aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The system is currently used by 13 armed forces across the globe.