Leonardo, January 04, 2022 - The Qatar Emiri Air Force's first TTH and NFH helicopters had a joint public premiere during Qatar National Day.
The first TTH overland variant was delivered on 11 December, in accordance with contractual commitments, and will be followed by the first NFH naval helicopter soon after its qualification in the next coming months. Deliveries will continue through to 2025.
As well as acting as prime contractor for the overall programme, Leonardo is responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice Tessera facility. The company is also providing a support and training services package for crews and maintenance technicians.
Managed through the NHIndustries joint venture, the NH90 is the largest military helicopter programme in Europe. Nearly 460 units are in service worldwide and the platform has logged over 300,000 flight hours in a wide range of weather and environmental conditions, over land and sea.
The Qatar Emiri Air Force’s NH90 helicopter programme marked a major milestone with the public premiere of two aircraft of TTH and NFH variants during Qatar's National Day on 18 December.
The first NH90 TTH overland aircraft was delivered from Airbus Helicopters’ facility in Marignane (France) on 11 December. The first NFH was made available by Leonardo for the event and shipped from Venice Tessera facility (Italy) ahead of its final delivery, which is planned in the next coming months.
Qatar’s NH90 programme includes 16 NH90 TTHs for land operations, 12 NH90 NFHs for naval missions, a comprehensive support, maintenance & training services package and associated infrastructure.
The programme has the potential to be extended in the future with the addition of 6 + 6 units in a mixture of TTH and NFH variants. Leonardo is prime contractor for the overall programme and is also responsible for the final assembly and delivery of the 12 NH90 NFH helicopters from its Venice Tessera facility.
The company is also supplying simulators, training aids and an extensive maintenance support and training services package for aircrews and maintenance technicians. Leonardo is providing, contributing to or supporting the integration of various avionics and sensor payloads, including the Leonardo LEOSS-T HD electro-optical system, HD Mission Video Recorder, Automatic Identification System, Tactical video link and Full HD display for cabin consoles.
Airbus Helicopters is responsible for carrying out the final assembly of the 16 NH90 TTH aircraft. Deliveries will continue through to 2025.
The largest military helicopter programme in Europe, the NH90 is the optimal choice for modern operations thanks to its fully composite airframe with a large cabin, its excellent power-to-weight ratio and its wide range of role equipment.
It features a quadruplex fly-by-wire flight control system for reduced pilot workload and enhanced flight handling characteristics.
The NH90 is available in two main variants: one specified for naval operations, the NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) and the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for land based operations.
As of today, nearly 460 NH90 helicopters, a mixture of both variants, are in service worldwide. Aircraft on operations have logged over 300,000 flight hours in a wide range of weather and environmental conditions, over land and sea.
Leonardo is responsible for, or contributes to, the design, production and integration of a wide range of critical NH90 components and systems.
These include the rear fuselage, main gear box hydraulic system, upper modes of the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), plant management system, power plant integration, NFH mission system (integrating sonar, radar, electro-optics, tactical link, electronic warfare system, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogator, mission video recording and weapon systems management including air-to-surface missiles and torpedoes for Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine (ASW) missions.
Leonardo also integrates additional capabilities such as the Laser Obstacle Avoidance Monitoring (LOAM) system and the LEOSS-T electro-optical system (also selected by the German Navy for their new NH90 Sea Tiger Programme), as well as pintle-mounted gatling-type guns, for specific customers.
About NHIndustries: NHIndustries is the largest rotorcraft Joint Venture in European history and it is responsible for the design, manufacture and support of the NH90 helicopter, one of the leaders in the latest-generation of military helicopter. The company takes the best from European Rotorcraft and Defence Industry, being owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%) and GKN Fokker (5.5%). Each company has aerospace pedigree and brings the top of its skills and expertise to the end product.