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Qatar signs contract for 28 NH-90 helicopters

At "Dimdex" event in Doha

Qatar has signed a contract for the purchase of 28 NH-90 military helicopters, during "DIMDEX", Qatar’s biennial defence exhibition (March 12-14, Doha in Qatar). The agreement, which includes 16 units in tactical transport (TTH) configuration and 12 NH-90s in naval (NFH) variant, will support the Kingdom’s plan to modernise its military helicopter fleet. As part of the plan, Doha will receive 16 H-125 light single-engine helicopters in training configuration for operation by the Qatar Armed Forces Air Academy. 

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 NH-90 TTH aircraft from its facility in Marignane, in France. Leonardo will be responsible for final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH-90 NFH helicopters from its Venice–Tessera facility in Northern Italy. 

The aircraft can be operated in the most demanding conditions and has been tested in many theatres of operation worldwide. This contract for 28 units brings the total order book to 543 aircraft. To date, 350 units have been delivered to 20 customers in 13 countries and have accumulated around 170,000 flight hours. 

The twin-engine, medium-size NH-90 helicopter program is managed by the consortium NHIndustries, a company owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%), and Fokker (5.5%).

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