The United States Department of State has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar. The military sale will provide Qatar with ten (10) of the Fixed Site-Low, Slow, Small Unmanned Aircraft Integrated Defeat System (FS-LIDS) System of Systems and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $1 billion.
The FS-LIDS System of Systems includes: two hundred (200) Coyote Block 2 interceptors. Also included is the Counter Unmanned Electronic Warfare System (CUAEWS); Coyote launchers; Ku Band Multi-function Radio Frequency System (KuMRFS) radars; Forward Area Air Defense Command and Control (FAAD C2); Counter Unmanned Electronic Warfare Systems (CUAEWS); EO/IR cameras; support and test equipment; integration and test support; spare and repair parts; communications equipment; software delivery and support; facilities and construction support; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; studies and surveys; maintenance services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The proposed sale will improve the Middle East nation’s ability to detect and counter current and future drone threats. Additionally, the sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be an important component for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
The announcement of the proposed sale comes during the 2022 FIFA World Cup being held in Qatar.
The principal contractors will be Raytheon, SRC, and Northrup Grumman.