Qatar turn to KMW's German Boxer and drop Nexter's VBCI

Exactly 3 years ago, Doha announced two major contracts for the French defense industry : the exercise of an option to acquire 12 additional Rafale aircraft to the 24 already ordered, as well as a € 2 billion contract to acquire 490 Armored Infantry Combat Vehicles, or VBCI, manufactured by Nexter. If the Rafale order went perfectly, and is almost completed today, the VBCI file has experienced many delays, with the process of selecting the turret which was to equip the armored vehicle, then due to the tensions increasingly strong opponents Paris and Doha on issues unrelated to it.

Indeed, the growing tensions between Paris and Ankara, whether on Syrian, Libyan and Aegean issues, ended up reaching Qatar, a country very close to Turkey and especially to its President RT Erdogan, with whom the Emir of Qatar shares a deep attachment to the Brotherhood of the Muslim Brotherhood, also in the crosshairs of the French authorities. In addition, France's good relations with the United Arab Emirates, with which Qatar is in increasingly intense competition, did not help calm the situation. To complete the whole thing, the French justice indicted in March 2019 Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of Bein Media Group and of Paris Saint Germain, and favorite of the Emir of Qatar, for suspicion of corruption in the attribution of television rights. of the 2026 World Cup which will take place in the country.

The VBCI with Konsberg turret presented at DIMDEX 2019

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