Charleston aerospace firm tied to Qatar military buys spy drone

A Qatari defense firm with its headquarters in Charleston recently purchased a surveillance drone as part of its plan to provide intelligence services to unspecified international customers.

Barzan Aeronautical bought an Aerosonde unmanned aircraft from Textron Systems at last month’s Paris Air Show, Providence, R.I.-based Textron said in a written statement. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed and neither company responded to requests for additional information.

Barzan Aeronautical is a division of Barzan Holdings, which is owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defense. According to the Barzan Holdings website, the entity is “responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the Qatari Armed Forces” through partnerships with international companies.

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