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US Raytheon clinches $2.4b contract to supply 10 Patriot missile defense systems to Qatar

US Raytheon clinches $2.4b contract to supply 10 Patriot missile defense systems to Qatar

WASHINGTON: The Raytheon weapons maker company of US has won a contract valued $2.4 billion to supply 10 Patriot missile defense systems to Qatar, which is beefing up its defenses to counter a growing perceived threat from Iran.

The contract was negotiated between the governments of the United States and Qatar as part of a $23 billion arms package announced in March that also includes Boeing Company attack helicopters and Javelin missiles built by a Raytheon Lockheed Martin Corporation joint venture.

According to Raytheon Qatar will become the 13th country to operate the Patriot missile defense system, and the fourth of six Gulf Cooperation Council members to opt for it.

The US Department of Defense announced late Friday the long awaited contract, includes spare parts and is due to be completed by April 30, 2019. Foreign military sales often take longer to close than expected.

A senior Raytheon official told in October that the deal was likely to be completed before the end of the year. The Pentagon first approved the sale of up to $9.9 billion worth of Patriot batteries and other equipment in late 2012.