The defense of Qatar encompasses (2010) 12,000 men enlisted and is
organized into five mechanized battalions, seven fighters,
18 fighter aircraft and 20 armed helicopters. The material
is modern and of Western, mainly French, origin.
Defense costs decreased in 1985-2008 from 6.0% to 1.8% of
GDP, compared to the period during the Kuwait War when they
amounted to 14%. The United Kingdom has four transport
aircraft stationed in Qatar. The United States has 300 men
from Central Command and equipment for a mechanized brigade
located in the country. Qatar participates in UN
peacekeeping operations with observers in Lebanon (UNIFIL).
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Qatar's defense overview
Qatar has military service with 12 months of first-time
service for men, and voluntary military service for women.
Qatar is a member of the Gulf Council, but after the crisis
in 2017, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia
severed diplomatic ties with the country linked to stronger
defense political ties with Turkey. Qatar still has a
military alliance with the United States.
The total force figures for Qatar's armed forces are
16,500 active personnel (2018, IISS). In addition, about
5000 semi-military forces are arriving. The United States
has 10,000 personnel, and bombers, reconnaissance aircraft,
tankers, transport aircraft, drones, anti-aircraft missile
batteries and radar systems in Qatar.
The army has a workforce of 12,000 active personnel.
Material comprising 62 tanks of a Leopard 2, 44
reconnaissance vehicles, 40 armored vehicles, 190 armored
personnel carriers, 24 armored fighters, 52 self-propelled
artillery, heavy artillery, and ballistic missiles short
range and conventional warheads.
The Air Force has a workforce of 2,000 active personnel.
Material comprising 12 fighter central Mirage 2000, 18
transport, 27 trainers (which six central Alpha Jet, which
can also be used as attack aircraft), and 46 helicopters.
The Air Force also has short range air defense missiles.
The Navy had a staff of 2,500 active personnel, including
the Coast Guard. The fleet comprises 23 patrol vessels, 12
of which are in the Coast Guard.