Leonardo to build naval operation center in Qatar

Italian aerospace, defense and security company, Leonardo, will develop in Qatar a naval operation center as part of a deal with the tiny-gas rich country, the Rome-based company has announced.
“Leonardo will provide the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with a Naval Operation Centre (NOC) to ensure monitoring and control of territorial water, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjacent waters and, at the same time, to enhance cooperation with other national agencies in charge of maritime security. The Centre leverages on innovative systems and technologies as well as the full integration of air and maritime components,” the statement said.
The deal was announced at DIMDEX, the flagship regional event for international maritime defense and security, held in Doha.
Per deal, whose value has not been revealed, the NOC will provide command, control and coordination of operations at sea allowing the Armed Force to carry out integrated monitoring by exploiting the high level of cooperation between all the sensors on the field. QENF will thus have a full integrated situational awareness to support all operational and tactical stakeholders’ decision making process and rapid interventions along the entire chain of command.
Leonardo is a traditional security and defense company for Qatar. The company has been present in Gulf countries for 25 years.

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