Raytheon has been awarded an undefinitised contract (UCA) for creation of an air and missile defence operation centre (ADOC) for Qatar.
Granted by the US Air Force, the $75.6m foreign military sales contract forms part of the armed forces modernisation and recapitalisation effort announced by Qatar in March of this year and publicised by the US Department of Defense on 26 November.
Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems Global Integrated Sensors business area vice-president Dave Gulla said: "This contract reinforces the depth of our systems integration capability and expertise in integrated air and missile defence.
"The ADOC will have the latest command and control, cyber, and information assurance capability in partnership with the air force to enhance regional security and meet the State of Qatar’s requirements."
The ADOC is expected to provide Qatar with an integrated air and missile defence (IAMD) capability, including integration of US air defence systems, such as Patriot, the early warning radar and terminal high-altitude area defence (THAAD), with European air defence systems and radars.
In addition, the centre would integrate with Qatar’s Raytheon-built air operations centre.
The Patriot air and missile defence system is scheduled to be supplied by the US Army, as part of a letters of offer and acceptance (LoA) signed by the US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar Defence Minister Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah in July this year.
The total joint US Army and Air Force effort will see the creation of a first of its kind ADOC in the region.
ADOC is expected to achieve initial operational capability before the delivery of first Patriot fire unit to the country.
The overall ADOC effort, including integration and testing in Qatar is scheduled to be completed in 72 months from the date of the LoA.