Qatar has sealed a minute of vigilant covering a probable merger of 22 NH Industries NH90 helicopters in a bargain value around €2 billion ($2.8 billion).
Revealed during a new Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference, a indeterminate bargain covers a squeeze of 12 of a TTH couple ride various and 10 of a navalised NFH model.
No timeline has been suggested for a end of a negotiations and NH Industries – a three-way consortium comprising Airbus Helicopters, AgustaWestland and Fokker – declines to criticism on a deal.
Although a 11t-class NH90 has a reserve of a small over 300 units according to Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database, a form has struggled to attract additional orders and has faced cancellations from a initial customers. As such, a Qatar bargain represents poignant new business for a type.
Airbus Helicopters suggested in Jan that it was in talks with a Gulf state over a probable order, though attention insiders contend they did not design discussions to have progressed so rapidly.
If finalised, Qatar would turn a second Middle Eastern patron for a type, with Oman carrying already systematic 4 of a TTH variant.
So distant a programme has delivered 186 helicopters, with a 200th handover previsioned for a second quarter.
Separately, Germany, that is looking to renegotiate a broader joining for new helicopters, is tighten to finalising a chit of bargain sealed final year that would see it cut a sequence for Airbus Helicopters Tiger conflict rotorcraft to 57 from 80 and NH90 TTHs to 82 from 122.
It skeleton to use a nearby €1.15 billion saving to account a growth and merger of 18 examples of a new NFH various it calls “Sea Lion” to reinstate a navy’s Westland Lynx and Sea King fleets.