The Obama White House is providing Qatar with the means to develop highly sophisticated defensive capabilities — a counterpart, in fact, to Israel’s Iron Dome. Are some of these new weapons systems headed for Gaza and Judea and Samaria? It seems likely, when one considers that much of the weapons looted from Gaddafi’s military by U.S.-Qatari backed Islamist insurgents in Libya have already made their way to Gaza, directly into the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, and its Palestinian wing, Hamas. These weapons are part of the arsenal Hamas is using to indiscriminately bomb Israeli civilians as well as to attack Egyptian forces. Hamas has already come into possession drones (UAVs); at least three have been shot down by the Israeli Defense Force in the past three weeks. Curiously, Hamas obtained the UAV drone capability, soon after Iran came into possession of a U.S. made Predator drone.
One wonders just how much of the technology Qatar is receiving, was in fact developed by the Israelis?
According to the Examiner.com many of the details of this $11 Billion arms deal to Qatar are under tight wraps. Even so, the article reports that, “the Gulf Arab nation will have at least 2,500 top-notch American missiles at their disposal. Along with the state of the art missiles comes the recently upgraded AN/MPQ-53 radar system, the “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept On Target” or the acronym PATRIOT. Also standard equipment includes the AN/MSQ-104 Engagement Control Station (ECS) which serves as the nerve center of the Patriot firing battery.”
For those unfamiliar, Patriots missiles are interceptors for missiles and aircraft.
“….the Federation of American Scientists notes that the Qataris will also be privy to “the main sub-components of the ECS are the Weapons Control Computer (WCC), the Data Link Terminal (DLT), the UHF communications array, the Routing Logic Radio Interface Unit (RLRIU), and the two manstations that serve as the system’s man-to-machine interface. The ECS is air conditioned, pressurized (to resist chemical/biological attack), and shielded against electromagnetic pulse (EMP).”
Qatar has been in the American headlines recently as the nation that facilitated the release of five Taliban prisoners from the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is suspected of possibly deserting his unit in Afghanistan to defect to the Taliban. The Gitmo Five will remain for one year in Qatar essentially as guests of the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The British-educated Sheikh is believed to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood than many in the nation’s current leadership”