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Qatari NH90s under contract

Photo: Leonardo


Leonardo has announced that the Qatari contract for NH90 helicopters has become effective. The order booking was announced yesterday and followed the receipt of an advance payment.

The contract, signed on March 14, 2018, is for the supply of 28 NH90s to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme valued at more than €3bn to the NHI consortium.

Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, stated: “We are proud to have made this important contract effective. We continue to be fully focused on executing our Industrial Plan aimed at ensuring long-term sustainable growth for the Group, also strengthening our commercial approach”. 

The Ministry of Defence of Qatar announced contracts for the purchase of 28 NH90 and 16 H125 helicopters.

The deal was announced during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) in Qatar. The contract includes 16 NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopters (TTH) and 12 NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH). The deal also includes a support and maintenance training services package and related infrastructure. There are also options for a further 12 units, evenly split between TTH and NFH variants.

The NFHs will not be equipped for anti-submarine warfare, but will have the European Navy Radar (ENR) maritime surveillance radar, a Safran electro-optical system, and Elettronica DETE-90 electronic intelligence/support measures system. They will be armed with MBDA Marte ER anti-ship missiles.

As prime contractor, Leonardo will be responsible for final assembly and delivery of the 12 NFHs at its Venice-Tessera facility and an eight-year support and training services package for crews and maintainers. Airbus will be responsible for final assembly of the 16 TTHs at Marignane in France.

NH90 deliveries are expected to start before June 2022 and to continue through to 2025.

The deal also includes 12 H125 training helicopters for the Qatar Armed Forces Air Academy.

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