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Qatar signs 3-bn euro military helicopter deal

AFP  |  Doha 

announced today it was spending three billion euros to buy 28 military helicopters, its latest high-profile defence purchase during a bitter diplomatic rift with its Gulf neighbours.

The deal for the NH90 helicopters was announced by Qatar's defence ministry at a conference in

Italian defence will act as the in the deal, although it was officially signed with the NHI consortium, which also includes and Dutch

"We are proud to have signed this contract that expands and continues Leonardo's strong and long-term partnership with Qatar," said Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo's

He said the delivery of the helicopters should begin in 2022.

Also today, announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with US defence covering the area of cyber security.

has been isolated by a group of neighbouring countries and former allies led by for the past nine months in a rancorous political, diplomatic and economic dispute.

Its defence minister, Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah, has said the bloc of countries opposed to Qatar has considered an invasion of host.

Since the Gulf political crisis started, an increasingly vulnerable Qatar has spent some USD 30 billion on

Among the purchases are planes from the United States, a fighter jet deal with and another for aircraft from the Britain.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 02:20 IST