The capabilities of Airbus Helicopters’ rotorcraft to meet land and sea-based mission requirements of Middle East military forces is underscored in the company’s presence at the ongoing Doha International Defense Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX; Qatar; 25-27 March 2014).
“With 30-plus years of partnership in the Middle East and more than 600 rotorcraft in service, Airbus Helicopters is fully committed to supporting this region’s evolving defense and government mission needs,” said Olivier Lambert, Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations.
“At DIMDEX, we showcase our new identity and key priorities: customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competitiveness which build on the Airbus brand’s excellence,” he added.
Displayed in scale model forms at DIMDEX are the multi-role NH90 (photo) and the multi-purpose AS565 Panther. The newly rebranded company is exhibiting with its parent Airbus Group.
The multi-mission NH90 is well suited to the Middle East and Persian Gulf’s operational requirements in its proven Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) versions.
Primary NH90 TTH missions are troop transport of up to 20 fully equipped troops, logistics and utility transport with internal and external loads, medical evacuation, as well as search and rescue (SAR). The NH90 NFH’s applications range from anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare to SAR, maritime surveillance and control, logistics transport and utility support, special operations and vertical replenishment.
Produced in the Airbus Helicopters-led NHIndustries consortium, the NH90 helicopter has been successfully utilized for rescue, transport and surveillance by various military services - including challenging rescues by the French Navy, and the Netherlands’ deployment to the Horn of Africa in support of the European Union's Atalanta naval operation.
The NH90 is in full-scale production, with a total 184 delivered to date - including 43 during 2013. A total of 14 customers have ordered the helicopter: Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Sultanate of Oman, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Oman’s NH90 is equipped with an enhanced powerplant adapted to the extreme conditions of the Middle East.
The AS565 Panther is the military version of Airbus Helicopters’ medium-weight AS365 Dauphin multi-purpose rotorcraft, which is operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force, Royal Saudi Navy, the Royal Moroccan Navy, Brazilian Army and other military services. Its duties range from attack and anti-tank missions to naval search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare and maritime patrol.