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LEONARDO, QATAR SIGN HE­LI­COPTER DEAL WORTH MORE THAN €3 BN

The Min­istry of De­fence of Qatar has an­nounced a con­tract to­day for the pur­chase of 28 NH90 medium twin-en­gine mul­ti­role military he­li­copters. The over­all pro­gramme is val­ued at more than €3 bil­lion to the NHI con­sor­tium, and in­cludes 16 NH90 TTH for land oper­a­tions, 12 NH90 NFH for naval mis­sions, a com­pre­hen­sive sup­port, maintenance train­ing ser­vices pack­age and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture. The pro­gramme could be fur­ther ex­tended in the fu­ture with the ad­di­tion of 6 + 6 units in a mix of TTH and NFH vari­ants. Leonardo will act as over­all prime con­trac­tor with re­spon­si­bil­ity for pro­gramme man­age­ment, final as­sem­bly and de­liv­ery of the 12 NH90 NFH he­li­copters from its Venice – Tessera fa­cil­ity in North­ern Italy and an eight-year sup­port and train­ing ser­vices pack­age for crews and maintenance tech­ni­cians. Mean­while Air­bus will be re­spon­si­ble for the final as­sem­bly of the16 NH90 TTH air­craft. De­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to start be­fore June 2022 and to con­tinue through to 2025.

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