French NH90 Helicopters Will be Operated in Qatar

PARIS (France), March 15, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo by Yoan Valat/AFP via Getty Images

Florence Parly, the Minister of the Armed Forces of France, welcomed the signed with Qatar contract for the purchase of 28 (twenty-eight) NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters from NHIndustries (NHI) in Aix-en-Provence, reported DefenseNews.

The Ministry stated that “The decision of Qatar further strengthens the strategic and military strategic and military partnership between our two countries and constitutes a further export success for France.”

NHI is owned by Airbus (62.5%), Leonardo Helicopters (32%) and Fokker Aerostructures (5.5%).

The Ministry admitted the contribution of Florence Parly to that deal: “During recent conversations with the Defence Minister of Qatar, Florence Parly took the opportunity on several occasions to present the NH90 helicopter, operated by the French forces, and whose exceptional military capabilities make it an instrument of sovereignty of the first order.”

Sixteen of the purchased helicopters will be used for land missions and will be built at Airbus Helicopter’s plant in Southern France. The other twelve NH90s are intended for naval operations and will be assembled at Leonardo in Italy.

The Contract for the NH90s was announced by the Ministry of Defence of Qatar on 14th March at DIMDEX (Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference) in Qatar. The Contract is valued at more than EUR 3 billion to the NHI consortium. The first delivery is expected to be executed before June 2022, and the last one shall be completed in 2025.


Dear reader, continues to be an objective and expert source of information in defense industry, military-political relations and military conflicts around the world.

Now more than ever, we need free and independent journalism. We believe that information shouldn't be behind a paid wall and we will continue to commit to keeping it free.

We know that our readers appreciate the content of In the last year, the indicators on our page have doubled. At the same time, the support of readers in the form of recurring monthly financial contributions provides continuous support for our work, which allows us to innovate.

We are more confident than ever in our role bridging media, policy, and the public. We thank you for your support.

Your recurring monthly financial contributions help us innovate for the future. Please, consider making a recurring contribution to