Qatar has placed an order for the purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters, during DIMDEX, Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition. Among 28, 16 NH90s will be in tactical transport (TTH) configuration, while the remaining will be in naval (NFH) configuration.
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.
“We are honoured to support the Qatar Armed Forces through this strategic partnership”, said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President Global Business at Airbus Helicopters.
“The NH90 is a modern and combat-proven asset that will meet Qatar’s demanding operational requirements for decades to come, both in troop transport and naval missions. Our partnership on the new training academy will also strengthen the relationship between our countries by enabling the exchange of expertise and know-how in helicopter operations”, he added.
Meanwhile. Leonardo will be the prime contractor for the project with the end customer and Airbus will be taking care of the final assembly and delivery of 16 NH90 TTH aircraft from its facility in France.
Leonardo will be responsible for final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice – Tessera facility in Northern Italy.
NH90 is suitable to operate in trying situations and has been combat proven in many theatres of operation worldwide. A total of 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 program is managed by the consortium NHIndustries, a company owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%), and Fokker (5.5%).