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Qatar receives first NH-90 helicopter.

| 2022

According to a press release published by Leonardo on January 3, 2022, the Qatar Emiri Air Force's first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Qatari NH-90 helicopter (Picture source: Leonardo)

The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone with the public premiere of two aircraft of TTH and NFH variants during Qatar's National Day on 18 December.

The first NH90 TTH overland aircraft was delivered from Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane (France) on 11 December. The first NFH was made available by Leonardo for the event and shipped from the Venice Tessera facility (Italy) ahead of its final delivery, which is planned in the next coming months.

Qatar’s NH90 programme includes 16 NH90 TTHs for land operations, 12 NH90 NFHs for naval missions, comprehensive support, maintenance & training services package and associated infrastructure.

The programme has the potential to be extended in the future with the addition of 6 + 6 units in a mixture of TTH and NFH variants. Leonardo is the prime contractor for the overall programme and is also responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice Tessera facility.

The company is also supplying simulators, training aids and extensive maintenance support and training services packages for aircrews and maintenance technicians.

Leonardo is providing, contributing to or supporting the integration of various avionics and sensor payloads, including the Leonardo LEOSS-T HD electro-optical system, HD Mission Video Recorder, Automatic Identification System, Tactical video link and Full HD display for cabin consoles. Airbus Helicopters is responsible for carrying out the final assembly of the 16 NH90 TTH aircraft. Deliveries will continue through to 2025.

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter. It was developed in response to NATO requirements for a battlefield helicopter that would also be capable of being operated in naval environments.

The NH90 NFH can be configured with anti-ship missiles, torpedoes, and sonobuoys. It can be equipped simultaneously with both an anti-ship missile and a torpedo.

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