France: six more NH90 helicopters

France has ordered six additional NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) said on Thursday 7 January. The order closely follows that of seven more Tiger attack helicopters in December.

The new NH90 order brings the total amount of NH90 TTHs on order for the French Army Aviation to 74. Since 2010, the type has been deployed by several countries in different theatres of operation. An extensive list of role-tailored equipment allows the NH90 to fit operators’ mission needs.

Contrast

The NH90 is a helicopter of contrast. It is critized for its complexity and program costs in countries such as Finland and Germany, but applauded by its pilot in the Netherlands, Belgium and New Zealand.

To date, around 270 NH90 have been delivered to 13 countries and have logged nearly 100,000 flight hours, confirming the success of this helicopter on the export market.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A French NH90 in spectaculair surroundings. (Image © Airbus Helicopters / Frederic Lert)