MBDA has signed a contract to deliver a new coastal missile system for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF).

The coastal missile system will be designed to enable the QENF to safeguard its territorial waters from hostile ships.

MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said: “I am delighted that Qatar has confirmed the trust placed in MBDA for its defence requirements, just a few months after signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU) during DIMDEX exhibition.

"I am delighted that Qatar has confirmed the trust placed in MBDA for its defence requirements."

“MBDA is now one of the country’s leading defence suppliers and will continue to show its long-standing commitment and support for the Qatari Armed Forces.

“Today’s contract follows the one signed with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces last June to supply the new naval vessels recently procured from Fincantieri with MBDA missiles.”

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The coastal missile system will be capable of launching the Extended Range version of the Marte missile (Marte ER), and the Exocet MM40 Block 3.

Marte ER is a medium-range, lightweight anti-ship missile system, which is based on the design of the MARTE MK2/S missiles, and can be launched in all weather conditions.

The Exocet MM40 Block 3 is MBDA’s latest long-range anti-ship missile system, equipped with an all-weather and multi-target capability.

The coastal missile system can also operate in an autonomous mode with its own radar, or by data-linking to a higher level within a wider coastal surveillance network.

In June this year, MBDA Italy was awarded a contract worth more than €1bn to supply Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles, Aster 30 Block 1, and vertical launch (VL) MICA air defence missiles to the QENF.

Image: Representatives of QENF and MBDA during contract signing in Doha. Photo: courtesy of MBDA.