An article from The National in the UAE on 16th July was concerned with the discovery of a functioning air-to-air guided missile in Italy.  An expert is quoted as saying that it probably ended on the black market where the group managed to get hold of it and it might have been that Qatar got rid of them when doing an upgrade.  Another expert speculated that the Qatari weapons could somehow have ended up in conflict zones in the former Yugoslavia or to Libya and then subsequently trafficked to Italy.  Almost as worrying is that there was no proof of its movements.  The French-built Matra Super 530F was a modernisation of the R530 missile that went into service in 1980 and was found to have previously been used by the Qatari army.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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