U.S. Companies Sign Strategic MOUs with Qatar at DIMDEX 2018

Media Note                                                                                           March 14, 2018

For Immediate Release

U.S. defense companies participating in the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) March 12-14 struck major deals to support projects aimed at developing the capabilities of Qatar’s armed forces and support Qatar’s cybersecurity infrastructure.  One such company, Raytheon, founded in 1922 and based in Massachusetts, is a global leader in cybersecurity training with proven experience building a national cyber operations workforce to secure critical networks.  Raytheon’s new partnership with Barzan Holdings comes under the umbrella of Raytheon’s corporate social responsibility program to contribute positively to the information ecosystem of its partners.  This partnership will help enhance the security and operational capability of the State of Qatar through the establishment of an enduring Cyber Academy that fosters the development of Qatar’s cyber talent and the sharing of best practices.

Another leading American defense company, Orbital ATK, entered into a joint venture with Barzan Holdings worth several hundred million dollars in technology transfer projects designed to help build the capacity of Qatar manufacturing companies to assemble security equipment and components.  Orbital ATK is based in Virginia and builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world, developing products that include propulsion systems, satellites, tactical missiles, precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition. Qatar’s Barzan Holding also signed an MOU with Wilcox, a company based in New Hampshire, for future technology transfer and development of tactical gear and equipment in Qatar.

The Qatari Signal Corps also signed a $79 million deal and a Memorandum of Understanding with Tapestry Solutions, a subsidiary of Boeing, for Enterprise Resource Planning.  The system will support Qatari Emiri Air Force logistics management.  Tapestry Solutions is based in San Diego, California and specializes in services and software systems that improve the tracking and distribution of equipment, spare parts and personnel for the U.S. Department of Defense and other government and non-government agencies.

Chargé d’Affaires Ryan Gliha, underscoring the significance of the participation of U.S. companies at DIMDEX and their contributions to the U.S.-Qatar strategic partnership noted:  “Qatar appreciates the innovation and cutting-edge technologies that make U.S. defense companies leaders in defense and security.  Moreover, American ingenuity and expertise is contributing to tangible improvements across all sectors that touch the daily lives of Qatari citizens.”  Mr. Gliha hosted Qatari and American leaders in the defense industry and armed forces on board the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Sampson on March 13 where U.S. military and technological assets such as Mark VI patrol boats, and MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were on display.  The primary mission of Mark VI patrol boats is to provide force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure, while the MH-60R is a maritime multi-role helicopter which performs anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, combat search and rescue, vertical replenishment/resupply, special operations and medical evacuations.

U.S. participation in DIMDEX comes just weeks after the U.S. hosted the first U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C., where the two governments issued a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation, affirming the two countries’ joint commitment to promoting peace and stability and countering the scourge of terrorism.

For more information please contact Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar at: Doha-Press-Inquiries@state.gov

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