On Friday seventeenth March, NHIndustries celebrated the supply of the five hundredth NH90 medium-sized army helicopter. This supply marks a symbolic milestone and a exceptional achievement because the first supply in December 2006 to the German Military. On this event, representatives from NAHEMA, Nations and Accomplice Corporations got here collectively in Airbus Helicopters’ amenities in Marignane to rejoice the handover of this new helicopter to the French Military Aviation. The five hundredth supply is a tribute to the laborious work and dedication of tons of of people who’ve been concerned within the improvement, manufacturing, and upkeep of the NH90. It’s also a sworn statement to the energy of the partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, GKN Fokker, and all of our suppliers dedicated to this Program.

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role army helicopter. It was developed in response to NATO necessities for a battlefield helicopter which might even be able to being operated in naval environments. The NH90 was developed and is manufactured by NHIndustries, a collaborative firm owned by Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo (previously AgustaWestland) and Fokker Aerostructures. The primary prototype performed its maiden flight in December 1995; the sort first entered operational service in 2007. The NH90 is a confirmed army helicopter that continues to be a reference in trendy army aviation.


German Military NH90 Medium-sized Army Helicopters. (Photograph by Bundeswehr)

The NH90 was designed to meet a NATO employees requirement for a multi-role, medium-sized army helicopter for each land and maritime operations. The NH90 has the excellence of being the primary helicopter on the planet to be developed in keeping with NATO necessities. As such, the design of the NH90 meets with a number of nationwide and worldwide requirements, together with army airworthiness processes in Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands; conformance with FAR 29 and MIL-STDS design requirements, in addition to DEF-STN 00-970 icing circumstances efficiency and electro-magnetic compatibility. It’s produced in two principal variants, the battlefield Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and the maritime NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH).

The German Military selected to acquire the troop transport variant. The primary three serial manufacturing NH90s had been delivered to the German Military in December 2006. By January 2013, a complete of 80 plane had been on order for the military. In 2009, the German Navy was additionally contemplating the procurement of as much as 30 NFH for its new Maritime Helicopter. In March 2013, the German authorities selected to reorganise the NH90 procurement; the Military’s fleet of 122 NH90s was lowered to 82; 18 NH90s beforehand ordered for the German Military had been transformed to the NFH maritime variant for the navy as a substitute. The Navy’s model, referred to as the NH90 Sea Lion, is predicated on the NH90 NFH. The Sea Lion first flew on 8 December 2016.