Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters — 16 in tactical transport (TTH) configuration and 12 in naval (NFH) configuration.
Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters. The signing ceremony took place during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition (12th-14th March).
The agreement, which includes 16 NH90s in tactical transport (TTH) configuration and a further 12 in naval (NFH) configuration, will support the country’s plan to modernise its military helicopter fleet.
As part of the plan, Qatar will receive 16 H125 light single-engine helicopters in training configuration for operation by the Qatar Armed Forces Air Academy.
Leonardo will act as prime contractor for programme management with the end customer and Airbus will be responsible for the final assembly and delivery of 16 NH90 TTH aircraft from its facility in Marignane, France, while Leonardo will be responsible for final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice – Tessera facility in Northern Italy.
This contract brings the total NH90 order book to 543 aircraft. To date, 350 aircraft have been delivered to 20 customers in 13 countries and have accumulated around 170,000 flight hours.
The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter programme is managed by NHIndustries, a consortium owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%), and Fokker (5.5%).