DOHA DELIVERED FOR U.S. INDUSTRY

U.S. maritime defense manufacturers and suppliers capitalized on America's collective national presence at DIMDEX 2018 to attract extra interest and investment in bilateral defense and security partnerships.

As the show’s official U.S. representative and organizer of the USA Partnership Pavilion, Kallman Worldwide coordinated with DIMDEX organizers, government leaders and industry stakeholders for more than a year to ensure smooth sailing and a successful show on-site for American exhibitors March 12-14 in Doha, Qatar.

 

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THE USA PARTNERSHIP PAVILION SYMBOLIZED THE STRENGTH OF U.S. - QATAR RELATIONS

America's presence at DIMDEX benefited from a recent wave of diplomacy, notably the Strategic Dialogue between the two countries initiated in January. The USA Partnership Pavilion at DIMDEX symbolized the strength of this growing bilateral partnership.

Speaking at the annual U.S. National Day celebration hosted by the U.S. Embassy two weeks before DIMDEX, Chargé d’Affaires Ryan Gliha said, "The relationship between Qatar and U.S. is stronger than ever."
 

Chargé d'Affaires Ryan Gliha (right) joins U.S. Navy Vice Admiral John Acquilino (center) and Kallman Worldwide representative Kevin Tighe (left) to officially open the USA Partnership Pavilion at DIMDEX 2018.
 

He cited recent successes in the areas of trade and investment, defense and counter-terrorism, and education and cultural exchanges as examples of how the growing US-Qatar relationship benefits both countries.

 

In remarks at the official opening of the Pavilion on Day One of DIMDEX, Gliha continued the theme.

"Just as our bilateral political and military relations have advanced, our industries are uniquely poised to benefit from the next wave of Qatar MoD defense procurement," he said.
 

Minister of Finance H E Ali Shereef Al Emadi, Chargé d’Affaires Gliha, Minister of Justice H E Dr Hassan Lahdan Saqr Al Mohannadi, and Ambassador Ibrahim Fahkroo cutting cake at the U.S. National Day celebration.
 

According to reports, over the past four years, Qatar has committed to Foreign Military Sales valued at approximately $24bn, with a potential to grow that to $40bn based on projects currently under discussion.

"Our focus is on how we can support the Qatar Armed Forces as their procurement strategy shifts to training and sustainability," Gliha said.

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PARTY ON A DESTROYER MEANS BUSINESS!

U.S. exhibitors attended an exclusive networking reception with high-ranking U.S. government officials, international VIPs and DVs aboard the U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), docked in Hamad Port during DIMDEX.
 

Among the guests visiting the Sampson during the show were a delegation from the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces led by Commander Maj. Gen. Abdulla bin Haasan Al Sulaiti.

Cmdr. Timothy D. LaBenz, commanding officer, welcomed Maj. Gen. Abdulla bin Haasan Al Sulaiti, commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces on the quarterdeck. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chanel L. Turner.

CELEBRATING A DECADE OF PARTNERSHIP

Kallman Worldwide has been with DIMDEX from the start - since 2008. To recognize a decade of productive partnership, in conjunction with DIMDEX ‘s own 10-year anniversary, president and CEO Tom Kallman — via video — congratulated the organizers on behalf of the USA Partnership Pavilion and presented this commemorative plaque.

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Safe Boats International LLC. made a splash with one of the newest vessels at DIMDEX 2018, its Mark VI Patrol Boat

The Mk VI PB is the Navy’s next generation Patrol Boat and will become a part of the U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) fleet of combatant craft. The primary mission of Mark VI Patrol Boats is to provide capability to persistently patrol littoral areas beyond sheltered harbors and bays for the purpose of force protection of friendly and coalition forces and critical infrastructure.

Video: U.S. Navy Mark VI Patrol Boat at DIMDEX 2018

 


 

Orbital ATK highlighted an official agreement with Qatar's new Barzan Holdings.

Orbital ATK’s Armament Systems Division participated with industry partners to announce an official agreement with Barzan Holdings, Qatar’s first defense and security company responsible for enhancing military capabilities for Qatar’s armed forces. Orbital's Bushmaster Chain Guns and associated aftermarket services, advanced ammunition and precision guided weapons capabilities are being evaluated as the Qatari government looks to modernize its armed forces to address regional threats.

 

 

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