|Thursday 15 March|
signed Qatar and Italy , a contract to buy 28 helicopters from the "NH90" model, through the Leonardo company helicopter, also signed to arm the aircraft long - range missiles and Mhbhatt mechanism aircraft for training agreement.
According to the Qatari newspaper Al-Arab, the agreement was signed in the presence of Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Khaled bin Mohammed al-Attiyah and Defense Minister Roberto Benotti of the Republic of Italy.
"The three agreements signed by the Qatari armed forces will contribute significantly to enhancing the capabilities and efficiency of the Air Force by owning the best and most modern aviation fleet in the world," said Brigadier Mushout Faisal Al Hajri, Commander of the Air Force's Amphibious Wing. Signed a good deal for the air force. "
He explained that "the aircraft agreement includes 16 helicopters," NH90 "TCT and 12" NH90 "naval missions copy (NFH), supporting Qatar's plans to support the fleet of helicopters in its armed forces, and that within the framework of that plan, Qatar has received 16 light-propelled "H125" single-engine helicopters.
"Leonardo will be the main contractor for the construction and processing of the 28 aircraft, and the delivery and provision of logistical support for a total of 12 helicopters for maritime applications," he said. "This is the newest aircraft in the world and the new aircraft will be delivered over the next three years "He said.
"The agreement includes the training of pilots, technicians and arms operators," he said.
"The second agreement was signed with MBA, one of the best companies in the world to arm helicopters," Brigadier Al-Hajri said. "It includes arming aircraft with long-range missiles for combat aircraft, Apache and helicopter."
The third agreement, the commander of the helicopter wing of the Amiri Air Force that it "includes the purchase of two of the simulators of the aircraft" NH90 "for training purposes," pointing out that "the three agreements will significantly support the system of modernization and development witnessed by the Amiriyah Air Force, Armament, training and rehabilitation, in accordance with the plans and strategies of the Qatari armed forces. "
Leonardo's CEO, Alessandro Profumo, said the NH90 helicopter is the most versatile in its class and will be equipped with a range of integrated systems developed and delivered by the company to meet the most challenging requirements.
The Qatari Air Force also signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin, the American company, for the acquisition of a reconnaissance device for combat fighters. Brigadier General Salim Abdullah Nayef Al Dosari, Officer of the Rafal Aircraft Project, said: "The agreement is an addition to the Qatari Emiri Air Force, noting that the surveillance device, or so-called" Sniper Pod "is considered one of the best scoring devices in the world. Laser targeting and guidance, as well as a significant addition to existing aircraft in the Qatari Air Force. "
This comes hours after the signing of the armed forces of the country, with the Turkish company "Picar" aircraft industry agreement for the purchase of new military equipment, which includes the purchase of six UAVs of the "Berkdar TB2", and will be the first time to issue the company "Picar" the outside.
Joint naval base and 4 training centers in the first northern region with the Turkish company "Anatolia" to obtain 556 armored vehicles from the best military vehicles in the world at the level of armament and equipment.
The agreements come in light of the continued internal tension in the Gulf region erupted against the backdrop of the cut off of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, on 5 June 2017, all diplomatic relations with Qatar and stop the movement of sea, land and air with them. These countries have accused the Qatari authorities of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, but Qatar has strongly denied the charges, stressing that "these actions are unjustified and based on baseless allegations and allegations."