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First flights for the new NH90 Naval Frigate and Tactical Transport Helicopters for Qatar Armed Forces

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the first flights for the new Naval Frigate and Tactical Transport Helicopters for Qatar Armed Forces. The flights were completed on December 15th and 18th at Leonardo’s Venice Tessera plant and Airbus Helicopters Marignane (Marseille) plant respectively, setting a major milestone in the Qatar Ministry of Defence’s NH90 programme development.

“This is an outstanding achievement for Leonardo, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker teams in Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands, and demonstrates the clear capability to achieve significant program milestones, despite the criticality of the period caused by the pandemic crisis affecting our operations” was commonly shared by Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President and Claudio Nittoli, Managing Director of NHIndustries.

The flights included take-off, general handling, functional checks and landing operations. Crew reported that helicopters performed as expected.

These two helicopters represent the firsts of the series that will be produced in Italy (Tessera) and France (Marignane) in order to fulfil the commitments taken with the contract signed in March 2018 for the provision of 28 medium twin-engine NH90s to the Ministry Defence of Qatar, as well as extensive maintenance support and training services package for aircrews and maintenance technicians.

The acceptance of the first NH90s by the Qatar Emiri Air Force is scheduled to start before the end of 2021, with the last helicopter planned to be delivered in 2025.

Managed through the NHIndustries Joint Venture, the NH90 is the largest military helicopter programme in Europe with around 430 units in service worldwide and over 270,000 flight hours logged in a wide range of weather and environmental conditions, over land and sea, in search and rescue, coastguard, antidrug, humanitarian, and military operations in the most demanding conditions and has been combat-proven in many theatres of operation worldwide.

About NHIndustries

NHIndustries is the largest rotorcraft Joint Venture in European history and it is responsible for the design, manufacturing and support of the NH90 helicopter, one of the leaders in the latest generation of military helicopters. The Company takes the best from European Rotorcraft and Defence Industry, being owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%) and GKN Fokker (5.5%). Each company has a long aerospace pedigree and brings the top of its skills and expertise to the end product.

More info: www.nhindustries.com