Qatar has signed a contract for the
purchase of 28 NH90 military helicopters.
The agreement, which includes 16 NH90s in
tactical transport (TTH) configuration and 12 NH90s 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.
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.”
Leonardo will act as prime contractor for the
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
This contract for 28 helicopters brings
the total 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.
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%).