Qatar has announced it will be spending $3.71bn (€3bn) to buy 28 military helicopters, its latest high-profile defence purchase during a bitter diplomatic crisis with its Gulf neighbours.
The deal for the NH90 helicopters was announced on Wednesday by Qatar’s defence ministry at a military hardware conference in Doha.
Mashout Faisal Al Hajri, commander of the Emiri Air Force helicopter wing, said the deal “will contribute greatly to enhancing the capabilities and efficiency” of Qatar’s air force, according to Qatar News Agency.
Italian defence contractor Leonardo will act as the main contractor in the deal, although it was officially signed with the NHI consortium, which also includes Airbus and Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker.
“We are proud to have signed this contract that expands and continues Leonardo’s strong and long-term partnership with Qatar,” said Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo’s chief executive.
He said the delivery of the helicopters should begin in 2022.
Also on Wednesday, Qatar announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with United States defence contractor Raytheon covering the area of cybersecurity.
Read full article on Aljazeera, March 15, 2018.