by Justin Oakes
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
10/28/2015 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Last
week the Air Force and the State of Qatar finalized an agreement for
the next step in the delivery of a U.S. integrated air and missile
defense system for the Qatari Emeri Air Force.
The Qatar Air and Missile Defense Operations Center, or ADOC, program
located at Hanscom AFB awarded Raytheon a $160 million contract for
Phase II of the initiative. The contract covers the procurement,
delivery, installation and sustainment of the Qatar ADOC system as well
as training of Qatari personnel.
Qatar -- a key U.S. partner and also a member of the Gulf Cooperation
Council, a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern
countries -- requested the purchase of a U.S. missile defense system,
said James Ware, Qatar ADOC program manager.
"By supporting this sale, it will ultimately benefit the U.S. by
providing better interoperability with U.S. Central Command forces," he
U.S., coalition forces and the Gulf Cooperation Council share
information for united defense and work hand-in-hand within USCENTCOM.
The ADOC itself is a command and control center focused on air and
missile defenses. It consists of multiple different weapon systems and
radars, and is composed of a command center, space for operations and
planning personnel as well as senior leader offices.
With the next phase underway and on track, the Hanscom program office
plans to meet with Qatari officials this month to discuss
interoperability requirements to determine what information will be
exchanged between the ADOC and existing and planned systems.
One of the systems that is planned to be integrated into the ADOC is the Army's PATRIOT Air and Missile Defense System.
"Mutual approval is necessary prior to adoption of any planned
integrated system to ensure data protection is commensurate with
prescribed U.S. procedures and standards," Ware said.
Program officials also plan to conduct an Interim Design Review that
will allow Raytheon to receive stakeholder feedback early in the
"Ultimately, the delivery of the ADOC not only improves upon Qatar's
defense infrastructure, but helps solidify an ongoing partnership
between the two countries," said Tom Cook, Qatar ADOC branch chief.