Military of Qatar

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Qatar's defense expenditures accounted for approximately 4.2% of gross national product in 1993. Qatar maintains a modest military force of approximately 11,800 men, including an army (8,500), navy (1,800) and air force (1,500). In August 1994, Qatar signed a defense agreement with France in which it agreed to purchase several Mirage 2000-5 aircraft. Qatar has also recently signed defense pacts with the United States and United Kingdom. Qatar plays an active role in the collective defense efforts of the Gulf Cooperation Council (the regional organization of the Arab states in the Persian Gulf; the other five members are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman). Qatari forces played an important role in the Persian Gulf War.

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[edit] Military branches

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Public Security

[edit] Military manpower

  • Military age: 18 years of age
  • Availability:
    • Males age 15-49: 306,850
note: includes non-nationals (2000 est.)
  • Fit for military service:
    • Males age 15-49: 160,899 (2000 est.)
  • Reaching military age annually:
    • Males: 6,471 (2000 est.)

[edit] Military expenditures

  • Dollar figure: $816 million (FY99/00)
  • Percent of GDP: 8.1% (FY99/00)

[edit] References and links

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Military of Qatar

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