Qatar to procure Raytheon's RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missiles for its Navy

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Naval Forces News - Qatar
 
 
 
Qatar to procure Raytheon's RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missiles for its Navy
 
By Stelios Kanavakis - Senior Defence Analyst
Qatar will procure Raytheon RIM-116C and RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles after the US State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale. The new missiles will be used for the protection of naval forces and nearby oil/gas infrastructure from air and missile threats.
     
Qatar will procure Raytheon RIM-116C and RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Missiles after the US State Department approved the possible Foreign Military Sale. The new missiles will be used for the protection of naval forces and nearby oil/gas infrastructure from air and missile threats.
RAM Block 2. Picture: Raytheon
     
The USD260 million contract will include 225 RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Tactical Missiles and two RIM-116C-2 Rolling Airframe Telemetry Missiles, along with support equipment, publications and technical documentation, logistics support services, US government and contractor engineering, live fire tests and other related services.

Comment by Xavier Vavasseur, Chief Editor
As none of Qatar Navy larger vessels (Vosper Vita Class and CMN Combattante III FACMs) are fitted with the RAM system, it seems that this new acquisition would be for the Protector project. Shrouded in secrets, the Protector program calls for 2 to 3 air defense crovettes-sized vessels capable "of some" anti-ballistic missions. Fincantieri of Italy and DCNS of France are said to be competing for this program.

About RAM
RAM is a supersonic, lightweight, quick reaction, fire-and-forget missile providing defense against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft. The missile's autonomous dual-mode, passive radio frequency and infrared guidance design provide a high-firepower capability for engaging multiple threats simultaneously. RAM is installed, or planned for installation, aboard more than 165 ships as an integral self-defense weapon for the navies of Egypt, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
 

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