NHIndustries delivered the 250th NH90 helicopter this week, the happy customer being the Italian Army Aviation branch. The event took place in NHIdustries facility in Viterbo, Italy, during the annual NH90 users conference. Together, the 250 choppers delivered have flown more than 95,000 flight hours.
The celebratory NH90 is a Tactical Transport Helicopter optimized for land-based missions. It will be operated by the Italian Army aviation special forces. The Italian Armed Forces already operate a fleet of 30 NH90 TTH and 17 NH90 NFH. The NH90 is also operated in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.
“We are committed, at NHI, to delivering our helicopters on-time to our customers. The delivery of the 250th aircraft today is an important milestone and it highlights the technical and commercial success of this European program”, said Vittorio Della Bella Managing Director of NHIndustries.
The NH90 is produced in two main variants, one dedicated to naval operations, the NH90NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) and a Tactical Transport Variant for land based operations. As of today, 249 helicopters have been delivered in Naval and Tactical transport variants.
The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter program is managed by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), and Fokker (5.5%).
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Featured image: An NH90 in flight. (Image © NHIndustries)