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Qatar relies on Thales’s intelligent systems

The Qatar armed forces secure latest generation air systems with the acquisition of 12 more Rafale


Qatar relies on Thales and its skills in connectivity technologies, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity, all of which are central in the contracts that have been announced today. Patrice Caine,CEO of Thales

Key Points

  • 12 Rafale omnirole combat aircraft ordered by Qatar.
  • Thales contributes to the urban transport development projects: Doha metro and Lusail tram.
  • Thales has been present in the State of Qatar for over 35 years and today employs 310 people.

Qatar has renewed its trust in the French Rafale team (Dassault Aviation, Thales and Safran) by equipping its air force with 12 new Rafale omnirole combat aircraft fitted with cutting-edge technology. Combat aircraft must be capable of performing a wide range of different tasks, from reconnaissance to air defence and precision strikes, all during a single mission.
The Rafale is designed to meet these needs and is equipped from nose to tail with an array of sophisticated electronics systems and equipment supplied by Thales. Thales provides a number of state-of-the-art items of equipment and systems aboard the Rafale. They include the RBE2 AESA radar, the Spectra electronic warfare system, optronics, the communication navigation and identification system (CNI), the majority of the cockpit display systems, power generation systems and a logistics support component.

Urban transport and aerospace

Thales is present on the Airbus A321 fleet of 50 aircraft bought by Qatar Airways. Thales equips all Airbus Aircraft cockpits including the A321.
Thales welcomes the announcement of the operational and maintenance of the autonomous metro in Doha and of the Lusail  tramway. This contract was awarded to RKH Qitarat, the joint-venture formed by the French consortium RATP Dev/Keolis and the  Qatari company Hamad Group. Thales is also involved in both projects. The Group supplies advanced Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling, telecommunications & security, an integrated Operational Control Centre and automatic fare collection systems for the Doha metro and a fully integrated solution for supervision, telecommunication, security and fare collection systems for the Lusail Light Rail Transit System.


24 Rafale ordered by Egypt in February 2015,
24 Rafale ordered by Qatar in May 2015 and 12 in December 2017,
36 Rafale ordered by India in September 2016.


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