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Leonardo to Develop Naval Operation Centre for Qatar

Our Bureau - : Mar 23, 2022 - : 4:10 am

Leonardo has concluded an agreement with the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) at the ongoing DIMDEX to develop a Naval Operation Centre for coordinating operations at sea.

The new NOC will allow the QENF to monitor and control Qatar’s territorial waters, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjacent waters. Importantly, the sophisticated new NOC will provide the QENF with full at sea situational awareness, covering all spectrum of security, to support decisions and enhance cooperation with other national agencies in charge of maritime security.

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. Under the terms of the agreement, Leonardo will develop the NOC to provide command, control and coordination of operations at sea allowing the armed forces of Qatar to carry out integrated monitoring by exploiting the high level of cooperation between all the sensors installed on the field.

The agreement falls in the framework of MBDA’s current programmes and activities in Qatar. The Centre leverages on innovative systems and technologies as well as the full integration of air and maritime components. Leonardo’s presence in the country dates back nearly 25 years and the company has emerged as a major partner for Qatar in the maritime domain and as a combat system integrator for the QENF’s new ships.

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