Raytheon has confirmed the sale of 254 missiles worth over $260 million to Qatar’s Armed Forces. It is said by many that Raytheon will be receiving $34.3 million in profit in this sale. This was confirmed by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
Raytheon is a major American defense contractor that was founded in 1922, and headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. They are the world’s largest producer of guided missiles, and are the fourth largest defense contractor in the United States.
In an April 22, 2016 press release, by the United States Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated a possible Foreign Military Sale to Qatar for RIM 11C and RIM-16C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles. The order consisted of 252 RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Tactical Missiles, and 2 RIM 166C-2 Rolling Airframe Telemetry missiles. This deal also includes support equipment, manuals, publications, personnel training, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, live fire test event support and other related integrated elements.
The Qatar Armed Forces consists of roughly 11,800 army, navy, and air force personnel. These missiles will be used to boost Qatar’s navy and coast guard, which is equipped with about 6 dozen small coastal patrol crafts. GlobalSecurity.org lists Qatar Armed Forces as under-trained, under-staffed and under-equipped.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency states that this sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. Also, they stated that the sale will be able to help aid Qatar’s military to protect its naval forces by nearby oil and gas infrastructures.