World Bulletin / News Desk
The Qatari Armed Forces has penned deals worth around $23 billion to update its military equipment.
Agreements for the purchase of tanks, artillery, missiles and warships from about 20 manufacturers have been approved by various countries including Turkey, France, Germany, China and the US.
17 Turkish fast patrol vessels are among the purchases, according to a statement by the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX).
Qatar maintains a modest military force of approximately 11,800 men, including an army (8,500), navy (1,800) and air force (1,500).
The country's armed forces has purchased weapons and equipment from the US, France and the UK in the past and also hosts a US military base.
It is also part of the Gulf Cooperation Council along with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman.