Monday, May 21, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Qatar signs $3.7bn deal to buy military helicopters

Qatar to buy 28 military helicopters from Italian defence contractor Leonardo to 'enhance capability' of air force.

military helicopters

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.

Gulf crisis

Qatar has been isolated by a group of neighbouring countries and former allies led by Saudi Arabia for the past nine months in a political, diplomatic and economic dispute.

Qatari defence minister, Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, has said the bloc of countries opposed to Qatar has considered an invasion of the World Cup 2022 host.

Since the Gulf political crisis started, Qatar has spent some $30bn (€25bn) on military hardware.

Among the purchases are F-15 planes from the US, a Rafale fighter jet deal with France and another for Typhoon aircraft from Britain.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

UN votes to send war crimes investi...

Read More

UN rights chief: Israel's Gaza resp...

Read More

Egypt to open Rafah crossing with G...

Read More

'Bodies ripped to pieces': Yemenis ...

Read More

There is a hidden inclination to di...

Read More

Turkey to arrest 101 soldiers over ...

Read More

Global_News

Turnout reported to be low after mainstream opposition called for boycott of the election, alleging it was rigged.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

Ramadan begins

Palestinians in Gaza 'massacre'