BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB
DOHA: Qatar plans to place big orders for defence equipment, naval ships and submarines at the upcoming Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2014) to upgrade maritime security, said the Assistant Minister of State for Defence Financial Affairs H E Brigadier Dr Thani A Rahman Al Kuwari.
“We have plans to put orders for defence equipment as we intend to have more (equipment and naval ships) than what we have. We also have plans to acquire submarines and lots of naval ships,” he told The Peninsula on the sidelines of a press conference to announce details of the fourth edition of DIMDEX 2014 from March 25 to 27.
Asked about Qatar’s defence budget for the next five years, Dr Al Kuwari, also the Chairman of DIMDEX 2014, said: “As every country participating in the event has certain defence budget, we also have specific budget and plans to upgrade our forces.”
However, he said: “It is not possible to say how much the budget is, it is about how many of a specific kind of equipment you need in your forces. We will announce details of our orders during the exhibition.”
DIMDEX 2014, under the patronage of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, will feature over 70 exhibitors from across the world.
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