Qatar supports the US defense industry through purchases of American made military equipment. The Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program between Qatar and the US is valued at $26 billion. Major defense sales include:
•2018: US State Department authorizes a proposed Foreign Military Sale to Qatar of defense articles and services in support of a Direct Commercial Sale of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) for an estimated cost of $215 million
•2018: US State Department authorizes a proposed FMS for weapons systems estimated at $300 million, which support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States.
•2017: Pentagon announces that Boeing was awarded a $6 billion contract to sell 36 F-15 fighter jets to Qatar. The contract supports 50,000 total jobs and more than 550 suppliers in 42 states.
•2016: US State Department approves possible FMS sale to Qatar for the continuation of logistics support services and equipment at an estimated cost of $700 million.
•2016: US State Department approves FMS sale to Qatar for Mk-V Fast Patrol Boats worth $124.02 million.
•2016: US State Department approves FMS sale to Qatar for Javelin Guided Missiles worth $20 million.
•2016: US State Department approves a foreign military sale (FMS) to Qatar for RIM-116C & RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles worth $260 million.
•2015: Qatar purchases four Boeing C-17 Globemasters, doubling its fleet.
•2014: US sells to Qatar: Apache attack helicopters, Patriot Missile Systems, and Javelin air defense systems valued at $11 billion.
•2012-2013: US sells $23 billion in arms to Qatar.
•2009: Qatar introduces two C-17 Globemasters to its Fleet.
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