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GCC plans to obtain reconnaissance satellite

posted on 06/11/2006: 699 views

Riyadh - The Gulf states aim to acquire a reconnaissance satellite to boost their joint military capabilities, Gulf News has learnt. The defence ministers of six states, which form the Gulf Cooperation Council, will meet in Abu Dhabi today to study plans to obtain the satellite. The GCC states had concluded a deal with a consultancy company.

A high-ranking military officer in the Gulf told Gulf News that studies on the strategic project have been completed. "Possession of the satellite will be a giant stride in bolstering joint military capabilities of the GCC states," said the officer, who is following the plan. According to him, the Gulf Joint Defence Council will also discuss a proposal from King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia to disband the Peninsula Shield and return the forces to their respective countries.

"This [disbanding] was aimed at reorganising the forces and raising their fighting potential and capabilities. These six units should remain in their respective countries so that they train regularly in a more effective manner," the source said. The Central Joint Command of the forces will remain in Riyadh. (Gulf News)


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