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Pentagon To Provide Weapons Worth $173 Million To Qatar

Raytheon Missile Systems announced that it would be providing 200 air-to-ground and ship joint standoff weapons (JSOW) to Qatar, which is worth $173 million. Qatar would also be receiving the engineering support and spare parts from the US, said a press release.

“Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $172,874,170 contract to procure 200 AGM-154C Block III joint standoff weapons, 212 containers, various component parts and support equipment for spares, and engineering and technical support for the government of Qatar,” the release said.

JSOW is a dual threat weapon which provides naval forces the ability to hit the moving maritime vessels and also stationery targets.  It uses a Global Positioning System navigation system and thermal imaging infrared seeker to get to its target.

Work will be performed in the US states of Arizona, Texas, Vermont, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, New York, Florida and Colorado, the release added. Other manufacturing will take place in the United Kingdom. Work is expected to be completed by June 2020.

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