The €3bn contract for the delivery of 28 units of the NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to Qatar has become effective.

The Ministry of Defence of Qatar has made the first advanced payment for the deal.

Under the deal, Leonardo serves as the overall prime contractor to the consortium NHIndustries and will be responsible for the complete management of the entire NH90 delivery programme.

Leonardo chief executive officer Alessandro Profumo said: “We are proud to have made this important contract effective.

“The NH90 helicopter is a modern medium-sized helicopter that is capable of carrying out operations in challenging conditions over land and sea during day and at night.”

“We continue to be fully focused on executing our industrial plan aimed at ensuring long-term sustainable growth for the Group, also strengthening our commercial approach.”

The contract for the 28 NH90 military helicopters between the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and the consortium was signed on 14 March.

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The European NHIndustries consortium is owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), AgustaWestland (32%) and Fokker (5.5%).

Under the agreement, the company will provide Qatar with two different variants of the NH90 multirole military helicopter, which includes the delivery of 12 NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter for naval operations and 16 NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter to conduct land-based operations.

Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to commence before June 2022 and will continue until 2025.

Designed to meet stringent Nato requirements, the NH90 helicopter is a modern medium-sized helicopter that is capable of carrying out operations in challenging conditions over land and sea during day and at night.