Qatar signs over $3 billion military helicopter deal

Qatar announced Wednesday (March 14th) it was spending three billion euros ($3.7 billion) to buy 28 military helicopters, AFP reported.

The deal for the NH90 helicopters was announced by Qatar's defence ministry at a military hardware conference in Doha.

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 US defence contractor Raytheon covering the area of cyber security.

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