Qatar parades Chinese missile systems

  • Doha parades Chinese missiles
  • U.S. and Qatar proceed with fighter jet sale

December 18

Qatar’s military showcases Chinese missile systems

At Qatar’s National Day parade held in Doha, the Qatari military showcased Chinese Joint Attack Rocket & Missile systems (JARMs).

Analysis: This short-range ballistic missile is an offensive weapon and its induction assumes significance in the backdrop of a simmering crisis between Qatar and the Arab quartet led by Saudi Arabia.

December 22 

Washington announces fighter jet sale to Doha

The United States has announced the sale of 36 F-15 fighter jets to Qatar. Having won the $6 billion contract, aerospace giant Boeing will manufacture the jets at its plant in Missouri. The twin-engine, all-weather fighters are expected to be delivered to the Gulf emirate by late 2022.

Analysis: Qatar’s acquisition of weapon platforms is steadily gathering pace. It is important to note that these defense deals still require approval from the U.S. Congress and will take years before the weapons are actually delivered to Doha. The announcement of such agreements is political rather than indicative of an actual defense requirement.

December 26-30

Qatar withdraws from World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships

Nearly seven months after the GCC crisis erupted, the diplomatic spat has prevented Qatar from competing in the World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships hosted in Riyadh. The Qatar Chess Federation refused to participate in the tournament following Saudi demands that “the players not display the Qatar flag at any stage during the competition.” The federation condemned the decision as a “violation of international law”. Riyadh also denied visas to Israeli chess players.

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