NH Industries has reason to celebrate this week, as it delivered the 200th NH90 helicopter. Happy customer was the Belgian Air Component, who will operate the NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) in question from Beauvechain airbase. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held at the German Army Aviation School in Bückeburg, where the whole NH90 community of users and industry is gathered to share their experiences.
“This 200th delivery is the result of the efforts of industry to ramp up the delivery rate of the NH90 since this new generation helicopter is in high demand by its end users” said Vincent Dubrule, president of NH Industries at the ceremony. “The NH90 program is now reaching its maturity phase with more than 50.000 flight hours logged in service in the most demanding conditions”, Luigi Cereti, managing director of NH Industries, added.
Belgium ordered four TTH variants and four NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) variants. “The NH90 program is of great importance to Belgium as it will maintain our SAR service, provide an enlarged range of missions in support of the Navy and for the first time give us the ability to perform tactical troop transport missions. Furthermore, by joining this international program, Belgium is improving its helicopter interoperability” said Col Vandezande, Head of the NH90 program for Belgian Defence.
The NH90 Product Conference took place for the first time at the German Army Aviation School, Bückeburg, near Hanover.
“This School, with its 14 full flight mission simulators is the most modern Army Helicopter Training School in Europe, it is able to train pilots and crews on several types of new generation helicopters such as the NH90 and EC135” declares Col Baumgärtner Public Relations Officer of the Army Aviation School.
This facility will become the “International Helicopter training Centre” in July 2015 when it will start to train foreign military helicopter aircrews as well as continuing to train German flight and maintenance crews.
The NH90 is the optimal choice for modern operations thanks to its large full composite airframe, its excellent power-to-weight ratio; and its wide range of role equipment. It features a multiple redundant Fly-by-Wire flight control system that reduces pilot workload while improving flight safety. The NH90 is offered in two main variants, one dedicated to naval operations, the NH90NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) and a Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for land operations. As of today, 200 Naval and Tactical transport variants have been delivered. They are in service in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Australia and New Zealand.