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article imageQatar and Germany in arms deal worth $2.5 billion

By Paul Iddon     Apr 18, 2013 in World
The German defense technology group Krauss-Maffei has won a $2.5 billion contract with Qatar. The Gulf nation is seeking to buy artillery systems and tanks.
Middle East Online reports that the German group has said that, "The emirate of Qatar is in the process of modernizing its land forces, comprising some 8,500 soldiers, which operate a fleet of tanks and artillery that is in parts more than 40 years old."
The statement also outlined that, "The systems delivered to Qatar by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann are intended to progressively replace the emirates outdated artillery and tanks of French and South African origin, which will be scrapped."
Qatar is due to receive 24 artillery systems along with sixty-two Leopard 2 main battle tanks reports Deutsche Welle.
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