Dec 14 2017

Qatar increasingly looking to Turkey for defence needs

The political alliance between Turkey and Qatar is being cemented by improved commercial ties, Defense News said, and one important part of the relationship is Qatar looking to Turkey to supply many of its defence needs.

“Such strong political convergence has inevitably boosted military and procurement relations between Ankara and Doha,” it said.

Turkey built a military base in Qatar in 2016 and a Qatari investment fund now owns a 50 percent in Turkish armed vehicles manufacturer BMC.

In terms of Qatari defence procurement, Defense News said, Turkish companies have won two contracts to deliver assault and patrol boats to the Qatari Coast Guard, built a flight simulator for the Qatari military and are looking at opportunities to export their Altay tanks to the Gulf nation.

“Qatar is a strong political ally,” it quoted an unnamed Turkish diplomat as saying. “There is nothing more natural than allies embarking on joint procurement programmes and partnerships.”