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Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus releases 2016 production numbers

Airbus Helicopters delivered 418 rotorcraft in 2016, a five percent increase compared with 2015, against a challenging market backdrop. The company strengthened its lead on the civil and parapublic helicopter market while maintaining its position on the military market. Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 388 helicopters in 2016, a stable performance compared to the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Jan-17

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea to Purchase 12 ASW Helicopters

South Korea is currently considering purchasing 12 more ship borne anti-submarine warfare helicopters. They are looking towards Lockheed’s MH-60R, AgustaWestland’s AW159 and NH Industries’ NH-90. They plan for the new helicopters to be bought and delivered by 2022. Their fleet currently consists of 40 helicopters, made up of 8 AW159 helicopters, 8 Sikorsky UH-60Ps, 11… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Jan-17

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NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH Industries is proud to announce the delivery of the 300th NH90 production helicopter to the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, December 15. Assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete, the aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). “Delivering the 300th… Read more »

Source: NHI, 20-Dec-16

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support European NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 10-year contract with NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency), to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT) and French Navy. This contract also covers the NH90 operated by Belgian Army and Navy and the Royal Netherlands Armed Forces. This contract will cover 130 rotorcraft in coming… Read more »

Source: Safran, 15-Dec-16

German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

The NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter took off on its on-schedule maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Deutschland and Vincent Dubrule, NHI President welcomed this important milestone in the programme, in presence of Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, Chief of the German Navy and Ralph Herzog, Director in… Read more »

Source: NHIndustries, 14-Dec-16

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Madrid, Today, the Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete to the Spanish Army. The handover was made at the Coronel Maté Air Base in Colmenar Viejo, the headquarter of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

Global NH90 fleet celebrates 100,000 flight hour landmark

Global NH90 fleet celebrates 100,000 flight hour landmark

NHIndustries celebrated today the 100,000 flight hours achieved in operation by the end users of the NH90. Currently, more than 270 NH90s are operated by 17 Armed Forces of 13 nations. Some of these aircraft are deployed operationally at sea and on land in multiple locations around the world. “We are particularly proud of this… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 29-Apr-16

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters have confirmed their ability to support a humanitarian aid operation on their first overseas mission in Fiji. NH90 Detachment Commander Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Ben Pryor said the medium utility helicopters have been providing a critical link between the main population centres and outlying islands devastated by Tropical… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 06-Apr-16

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EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

Exercise COLD BLADE 2016, hosted by the Finnish Defence Forces, was formally completed Wednesday evening March 16th 2016 by the Chief of Finnish Army Aviation, LtCol Jaro Kesänen. At exercise closure, a total of 290 hours had been flown on 156 missions with 3 participating Member States (Finland and Germany, as well as Sweden which sent… Read more »

Source: EDA, 24-Mar-16

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AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport wins two contracts from the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the development and supply of internal cargo restraint nets for their NH90 and Chinook helicopters. Bridport, UK, March 2016: following a tender process AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded two contracts from the Netherlands DMO for the development and supply of internal… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 16-Mar-16

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NHI signs an agreement with Dutch MEA on NH90 workshare

NHI signs an agreement with Dutch MEA on NH90 workshare

During the State visit by the Royal couple of the Netherlands, his Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander and her Royal Highness Queen Maxima on March 11th 2016, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with NHIndustries (NHI) for the participation of the Dutch Industry in the sustainment phase of the NH90… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 15-Mar-16

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Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

Norwegian NH90 self-protection suite testing completed

NHI successfully completed the test campaign of the self-protection suite of the Norwegian NH90.  The aircraft NH90 NNWN01 prototype was manned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division flight test team (Test Pilot Roger Mowbray and Flight Test Engineer Fabrizio Santarossa) and supported by a multi-national, multi-disciplined team from several organisations. This comprehensive suite encompasses a Radar Warner… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 09-Mar-16

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Reiser ships NH90 maintenance training rig

Reiser ships NH90 maintenance training rig

A full-featured and highly realistic NH90 maintenance training rig (MTR) left Reiser Simulation and Training’s Berg headquarters today, destined for the Internationales Hubschrauberausbildungszentrum VI in Fassberg, a key educational facility for training aircraft technical personnel of the Germany Army Aviation Corps. It is the third such rig delivered to the German armed forces, and the… Read more »

Source: Reiser, 22-Feb-16

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Norway takes delivery of their first sonar-equipped NH90

Norway takes delivery of their first sonar-equipped NH90

NHI is pleased to announce the delivery of the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA).This event took place in Tessera (Italy), Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility, in presence of Mr Vittorio Della Bella Managing Director of NHIndustries and Colonel Nils Frøisland from Norway. The Helicopter took off today from Tessera. The delivery… Read more »

Source: NHI, 08-Feb-16

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Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jan-16

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French Army orders six more NH90s

French Army orders six more NH90s

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered six additional NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, bringing the total amount of NH90 TTHs on order for the French Army Aviation to 74. “The French armed forces have deployed the NH90 operationally in Mali where its outstanding endurance, versatility and manoeuvrability have been greatly… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Jan-16

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Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Airbus delivers first Swedish ASW NH90

Today, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space. “In terms of versatility and customisability, the Swedish NH90 ASW demonstrates the benefits of an… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 17-Dec-15

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Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex obstacle avoidance system goes live on Italian NH90s

Selex ES, is now on board an Italian Army NH90 TTH. The helicopter has just been delivered to the Italian Ministry of Defence. The validation activity was managed in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Defence’s Direzione Armamenti Aeronautici e per l’Aeronavigabilità (ARMAEREO). LOAM, developed and manufactured by Selex ES at its Genoa site, is… Read more »

Source: Selex, 22-Oct-15

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NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NH Industries delivers the 250th NH90

NHIndustries celebrated the delivery of the 250th NH90 military helicopter today. The event took place in Viterbo,Italy during the annual NH90 users conference in presence of Brigadier General Antonio Bettelli commander of Italian Army Aviation. “We are committed, at NHI, to delivering our helicopters on-time to our customers. The delivery of the 250th aircraft today… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 14-Oct-15

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Patria to supply NH90 parts to Sweden and Finland

Patria to supply NH90 parts to Sweden and Finland

Patria Helicopters AB, has signed an agreement to supply NH90 spare parts for Swedish Armed Forces. The order is valued approximately EUR 9.1 million. Patria has likewise won recently several NH90 spare part orders from Finnish Defence Forces. As an NH Industries (NHI) Authorized Nordic NH90 Service Center in Finland, Sweden, and Norway, Patria is… Read more »

Source: Patria, 12-Oct-15

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French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

French Navy receives 15th NH90 NFH

Airbus Helicopters, the French Defense procurement agency (DGA – Direction générale de l’armement) and the French Navy today marked the handover of the 15th NH90 NFH multimission naval helicopter, the first to be delivered in the final radar configuration (FRC), during a ceremony held in the facilities in Marignane. The DGA ordered 27 NH90 NFH… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Sep-15

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French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

French Army NH90 Full Flight Simulator Ready for Training

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES announces that NAHEMA and the French Defense Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) have declared ready for training the French Army Aviation NH90 Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The FFS is operational at the French Army Aviation Academy NH90 Joint Training Center (Centre de formation interarmées, CFIA) in Le Cannet-des-Maures, south-eastern France. The… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 04-Sep-15

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Just four of 39 NH90s are serviceable, claims German newspaper

Just four of 39 NH90s are serviceable, claims German newspaper

The German military is to invest billions of euros to fix recurring problems with its aircraft, helicopters and other military equipment, an official said on Friday.See Full Story

Source: i24 News, 11-Aug-15

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Swedish military signs five year NH90 component contract with Saab

Swedish military signs five year NH90 component contract with Saab

This new contract covers component maintenance for the TMS to ensure full system availability. This will include, among other capabilities, the helicopter’s sonar system for anti-submarine warfare. Saab is now responsible for the support and maintenance of the entire Hkp 14 TMS. “This agreement confirms our strength as a support provider who ensures the availability… Read more »

Source: SAAB, 21-Jul-15

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Finnish Army NH90 Multi-Role Training Device Ready for Training

Finnish Army NH90 Multi-Role Training Device Ready for Training

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES announces that NAHEMA and the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command have declared ready for training the Finnish Army NH90 Multi-Role Training Device (MRTD). The MRTD is now operational within the helicopter battalion at Utti Jaeger Regiment, South-Eastern Finland. The MRTD addresses NH90 training needs for the 3 main areas of missions assigned to… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 21-Jul-15

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Finland recieves last NH90 from order for 20

Finland recieves last NH90 from order for 20

Airbus Helicopters and Patria, the company responsible for the local assembly of the NH90, marked the important milestone of the delivery of the 20th and last serial NH90 during a ceremony with the customer at Patria’s facility in Halli, Finland. “These helicopters are used for various tasks of the Finnish Defense Forces such as national… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jul-15

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Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt apparently acquiring NH90 for FREMM frigate

Egypt is reportedly seeking to acquire a single NH90 multimission helicopter for its new FREMM frigate, which was transferred by DCNS to the Egyptian flag on 23 June. See Full Story

Source: Defence Web, 02-Jul-15

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Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australian NH90s having startup/shutdown problems in windy conditions

Australia’s new army and navy helicopters have been proving difficult to start and stop in strong winds. See Full Story

Source: ABC, 01-Jul-15

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NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

A written parliamentary answer to New Zealand First confirms the $771 million NH90 helicopters were one of our worst military procurement decisions as they are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

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Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem to update French military fleets with Euroflir 350 optronic system

Sagem (Safran) has been awarded a contract by French defense procurement agency DGA for a program to upgrade the capabilities of the Euroflir 350 optronic systems on the French army’s Cougar helicopters, and the Caracal fleet deployed by France’s special and conventional forces. The gyrostabilized Euroflir 350 optronic system will incorporate a new Matis infrared… Read more »

Source: Sagem, 25-Jun-15

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NH Industries celebrates NH90 Initial Operational Capability in Belgium

NH Industries celebrates NH90 Initial Operational Capability in Belgium

NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s. This event took place today in the NHI pavilion in presence of Colonel Dejaeger Commander of the Air Component of Belgium and the NHI Directoire. After having ordered 4 Tactical Transport NH90s and 4 Naval NH90s and proceeded to the training of its aircrews,… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 18-Jun-15

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15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

15th NH90 Caiman delivered to French Army

NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s. This event took place today in the NHI pavilion in presence of Colonel Dejaeger Commander of the Air Component of Belgium and the NHI Directoire. After having ordered 4 Tactical Transport NH90s and 4 Naval NH90s and proceeded to the training of its aircrews,… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 18-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters to show wide range at Paris Air Show

Airbus Helicopters to show wide range at Paris Air Show

Airbus Helicopters will be presenting four aircraft on the static display. The full scale representative model of the all-new highly innovative H160 will be presented for the first time in Europe. The H160 brings form and function together in a highly stylized rotorcraft, which integrates as many as 68 different Airbus Helicopters-patented technologies including the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters to show six models at Paris Air Show 2015

Airbus Helicopters to show six models at Paris Air Show 2015

Airbus Group will showcase its innovative range of commercial and military aircraft, space systems and emerging technologies at the Paris Air Show 2015, which runs 15-21 June at Le Bourget. To highlight Airbus’ leading wide body product range and superior cabin comfort in all classes, more A350 XWBs and A380s will be on display than… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-May-15

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Belgium puts NH90 into operation

Belgium puts NH90 into operation

[electronic translation] The new NH90 helicopters of the Defence be ready to conduct operations in a ‘friendly’ environment. At the airbase of Beauvechain, the commander of the Air Component May 20, the 18th squadron officially ‘initial operational capable’ explained. “We are pleased that we now have a new operational capability,” said Major General Frederik Vansina… Read more »

Source: Belgium Defense, 21-May-15

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Rheinmetall to upgrade NH90 Cockpit Trainer

Rheinmetall to upgrade NH90 Cockpit Trainer

The German Bundeswehr is currently upgrading its helicopter training programme with simulation technology from Rheinmetall. In March 2015 the Simulation and Training business unit of Rheinmetall Defence was awarded a contract from Germany’s BAAINBw defence procurement agency to upgrade all NH90 Cockpit Trainer to IOC+ configuration and with additional software modules from Rheinmetall’s Asterion product… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 30-Apr-15

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Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

Stock Check – A total of 237 NH90s have so far been delivered

The NH90 new generation helicopter entered service in 2006. Though it was designed primarily for military missions, the helicopter started its operational carreer as a disaster relief aircraft. The first operation occurred in Italy in 2009, after the earthquake in l’Aquila region. The Italian Army engaged its NH90 TTHs to provide disaster relief assistance to… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 01-Apr-15

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NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the difficulties in using the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s helicopters in cyclone-hit Vanuatu shows the Government needs to be very careful in making its next military purchases. See Full Story

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 01-Apr-15

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Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters on Monday rejected a German media report that the defence company had bribed Greek officials to buy several of its NH-90 helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 25-Mar-15

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French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

French Navy signs off MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

Friday, March 13, 2015 was an important date for the NH90 Caiman in France as it became a combat helicopter in its own right following the statement by the General Staff of the Navy of an initial operational capability of firing the torpedo MU90 .  This is a major milestone for the torque capability FREMM / Cayman… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 17-Mar-15

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Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

Interim solution gets German NH90s airborne again

[electronic translation] In the incident with a NH90 on 19 June 2014 in Termez / Uzbekistan occurred in connection with the engine stagnation in triggering the fire extinguishing system of the engine to a short circuit in the overhead Control Panel. To this end, the company announced AIRBUS Helicopter the Ministry of Defense and the… Read more »

Source: Bundeswehr, 23-Feb-15

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Airbus Helicopters confirms its long-term commitment to the Middle East‘s armed forces

Airbus Helicopters confirms its long-term commitment to the Middle East‘s armed forces

With hundreds of its rotorcraft operated by Middle East military services, Airbus Helicopters is further reinforcing the company’s regional presence to support these aircraft – which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training. Airbus Helicopters’ more than 30 years of experience in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Feb-15

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Sogitec wins Swedish NH90 training contract

Sogitec wins Swedish NH90 training contract

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES has been awarded by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets materielverk, FMV) a contract for the training of Swedish Air Force (AF) and FMV T&E (Test and Evaluation) NH90 crews. Training will be delivered to Swedish AF and FMV T&E personnel and will take place at the French Army Aviation Academy’s NH90 Joint Training… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 10-Feb-15

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Germany grounds NH90 over design flaw

Germany grounds NH90 over design flaw

The German military announced Friday that they had informed Airbus Helicopters (a partner in NH Industries) on Thursday 5th February 2015 of a design issue with the NH90.  Following their accident investigation of the crash of  one of their NH90 helicopters on June 19, 2014 in Uzbekistan, certain technical improvements to the overhead Control Panel… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Feb-15

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Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters. The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and manufactured Electronic Warfare Management System, ALQ-213 in the latest version, Missile Warning sensors, and Chaff/Flare Dispenser modules. The modular… Read more »

Source: Terma, 28-Jan-15

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Airbus Helicopters aims to improve product safety after accidents

Airbus Helicopters aims to improve product safety after accidents

It is just over a year since a police helicopter built by Airbus crashed into a Glasgow pub, killing 10 people. Though an interim report by air accident investigators did not cite technical failure, Guillaume Faury, chief executive of Airbus Helicopters, says his company must draw lessons from that tragedy — and they are that… Read more »

Source: FT, 21-Jan-15

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Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

As of 1 January 2015, the Defence organisation has taken its characteristic yellow AB-412 search-and-rescue helicopters out of service. These helicopters, which flew for Defence Helicopter Command, are to be disposed of. Consequently, 303 Squadron, stationed at Leeuwarden Air Base, will be disbanded in the near future. During the course of 2014, the 3 Defence… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 15-Jan-15

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After three decades of development, NH90s are too few and unreliable

After three decades of development, NH90s are too few and unreliable

As early as the mid-1980s, German army aviation needed new helicopters. Its Vietnam-era Bell UH-1s and Sikorsky CH-53s had seen better days. See Full Story

Source: Medium, 14-Jan-15

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Finnish helicopter crews balk at EU crisis management readiness

Finnish helicopter crews balk at EU crisis management readiness

As of the first of the year, Finland has committed to provide four NH90 transport helicopters for any possible EU crisis management operation through the end of June. See Full Story

Source: Yle, 12-Jan-15

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A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A ceremony to mark the change of command of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 3 Squadron took place at RNZAF Base Ohakea today. The change of command parade also marked the integration of the Helicopter Transition Unit (HTU) into 3 Squadron, bringing the entire rotary wing transport force together under the 3 Squadron banner…. Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 23-Dec-14

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Dutch Defence Minister re-starts NH90 deliveries

Dutch Defence Minister re-starts NH90 deliveries

In late June, the Netherlands suspended deliveries of their fleet of NH90s due to significant wear and corrosion issues in the aircraft they already had delivered.  In recent days, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has written to the Dutch parliament to say that she is confident with the manufacturer’s assurances to restart deliveries.  This was likely… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Dec-14

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NHI Delivers the first Spanish built NH90 TTH

NHI Delivers the first Spanish built NH90 TTH

NHI delivered today to the Spanish Armed Forces the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter built in Spain. This delivery took place today in Albacette, in the Airbus Helicopters Spain facility. “This delivery is the proof that the NH90 is not only the best helicopter in its class to modernize the Spanish armed forces, but it… Read more »

Source: NHI, 22-Dec-14

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2nd French Army NH90 Simulator Ready for Training

2nd French Army NH90 Simulator Ready for Training

Sogitec Industries announces that NAHEMA and the French Defense Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement, DGA) have declared ready for training the second French Army NH90 Caïman Multi-Role Training Device (MRTD) at full operational capability. This second MRTD is operational at the 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment at Phalsbourg Army Base, Eastern France. The first MRTD… Read more »

Source: Sogitec Industries, 11-Dec-14

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Belgium takes Delivery of last NH90TTH

Belgium takes Delivery of last NH90TTH

NHI is proud to announce the delivery to the Belgian Defence of its fourth NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter. This event took place in Marignane, where the helicopter was built, in the presence of Lt General Clement, General Director of Material and Resources. This helicopter will be based in Beauvechain, home of the 1st Wing. It… Read more »

Source: NHI, 17-Nov-14

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NH90: Retrofit of New Zealand’s fleet completed

NH90: Retrofit of New Zealand’s fleet completed

Members of the NH90 team in New Zealand have a lot to celebrate: They have just completed the retrofit of four NH90 TTH helicopters at the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) operational base in Ohakea. The purpose of the retrofit was to upgrade the first four NH90s from initial to final configuration. The RNZAF… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Aug-14

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Kongsberg and AgustaWestland increased co-operation

Kongsberg and AgustaWestland increased co-operation

AgustaWestland today signed a protocol for extending and increasing co-operation relating to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH90 helicopter and a range of AgustaWestland helicopters. The protocol is an overarching agreement outlining the intentions of making KONGSBERG a Centre of Excellence for MRO of dynamic components… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-14

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AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland impresses with Farnborough line-up

AgustaWestland will be exhibiting an impressive line-up of eight helicopters from its commercial and military helicopter product ranges and showcasing its industry leading customer support and training services at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show. Making its first appearance at Farnborough will be a full scale mock-up of the recently launched AW109 Trekker light twin… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Jul-14

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Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

Australian National Audit Office criticises NH90 procurement program

The Australian National Audit Office recently issued a report on their NH90 (known locally as ARH90) procurement program, and the contents give rise to a number of questions.  See the summary or the full 232 page audit report

Source: ANAO, 09-Jul-14

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Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

[electronic translation] The corrosion and wear on the NH90 helicopter is larger than expected and Defense take the remaining 7 devices not currently on manufacturer NHIndustries (NHI). Minister Hennis-Plasschaert writes that today the House. Only when there are agreements with the factory about solutions, and it is clear who will pay the repairs, the new devices are… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 30-Jun-14

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NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI celebrated today the 200th NH90 helicopter delivery. The 200th NH90, a TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant, was delivered officially to Belgian Defence and will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 25-Jun-14

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Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

Australian Army Black Hawk upgrade to hit 70 jobs

BAE Systems says the agreement to service the Black Hawk fleet in Townsville concludes on January 31 next year, as the Australian Army upgrades to the NH90  See full story

Source: News.com.au, 01-Jun-14

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ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

ILA 2014: NH90 celebrates 50,000 flight hours

NHIndustries hosted an NH90 program update at ILA Berlin 2014, presenting the most important milestones in this new generation helicopter’s operations. Guests were welcomed by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury, who took the opportunity to underline the helicopter’s outstanding performance and flexibility. NHI President Vincent Dubrule and NHI Managing Director Luigi Cereti reported on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-14

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Qatar commits to huge military orders including NH90 and AH-64E

Qatar commits to huge military orders including NH90 and AH-64E

Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons – See full story

Source: Reuters, 28-Mar-14

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Airbus Helicopters highlights 30 years of Middle East military support at DIMDEX

Airbus Helicopters highlights 30 years of Middle East military support at DIMDEX

The capabilities of Airbus Helicopters‟ rotorcraft to meet land- and sea-based mission requirements of Middle East military forces will be underscored in the company‟s presence at next week‟s Doha International Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX). “With 30-plus years of partnership in the Middle East and more than 600 rotorcraft in service, Airbus Helicopters is fully… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Mar-14

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AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 19-Feb-14

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Sweden takes delivery of first International Mission NH90

Sweden takes delivery of first International Mission NH90

The Swedish Armed Forces has taken delivery of its very first “International Mission” version of the NH90. The helicopter, locally designated HKP 14D and globally named NHIndustries NH90 TTT/IM, landed at Malmen Air Base in Linköping on 12 December 2013 following an overnight stop at the helicopter squadron in Luleå. It was officially handed over… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 23-Dec-13

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New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

The NZ Herald is saying that NH Industries are compensating New Zealand for late deliveries of their NH90 fleet.  A total of 8 operational and 1 spare aircraft are being procured, with delivery of the last example expected to arrive 34 months late  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 09-Dec-13

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Royal Netherlands Navy Takes Delivery of NH90 Mission Planning & Analysis System

Royal Netherlands Navy Takes Delivery of NH90 Mission Planning & Analysis System

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken delivery of a Mission Planning & Analysis System (MPAS) in the Final Operative Configuration for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. This delivery of MPAS follows the one released into service in 2011 and it is… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Nov-13

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Eurocopter at the 2013 Dubai Airshow

Eurocopter at the 2013 Dubai Airshow

With a Dubai Airshow presence dedicated to its customers, Eurocopter will showcase the company’s highly-capable military helicopters – represented at this biennial industry event by the combat-proven EC725 and efficient NH90 – and latest generation of corporate aircraft, including the new EC145 T2 and executive version EC175 being presented for the first time in the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Nov-13

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Finland renegotiates NH90 contract

Finland renegotiates NH90 contract

Finland has renegotiated its contract with NHIndustries for the NH90 utility helicopter, to reflect delays to the delivery schedule. See  story

Source: Janes, 20-Sep-13

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Patria nominated as Nordic NH90 Service Center

Patria nominated as Nordic NH90 Service Center

Patria and NH Industries (NHI) have signed a NH90 Service Center Agreement enhancing their co-operation in the helicopter life-cycle support services for the Nordic customers. Through this agreement, Patria gets an official status to act as NHI authorized Nordic NH90 Service Center inFinland, Sweden and Norway in the agreed perimeter of activities. The Nordic NH90 Service Center status gives… Read more »

Source: Patria, 13-Sep-13

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France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

France testing MU90 torpedo on NH90 Caiman

[Electronic translation]  A new milestone has been reached in the framework of the operational implementation of the Cayman Step B in the Navy: the first flight experiment with MU90 torpedo exercise. This flight was made on September 5 by the NH90 detachment CEPA/10S, and marks the beginning of the technical and operational evaluation of this… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 11-Sep-13

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New Zealand tests NH90 in Amphibious Ship Flight Trials

New Zealand tests NH90 in Amphibious Ship Flight Trials

The Royal NZ Navy and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are working alongside the Australian Defence Force to develop the capabilities of HMNZS CANTERBURY, conducting First of Class Flight Trials for the NH90 helicopter from her flight deck. HMNZS CANTERBURY is conducting two weeks of first of class flight trials for the NH90 off… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 11-Sep-13

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Belgium receives its first NH90

Belgium receives its first NH90

Eurocopter today delivered the first NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) to the Belgium Armed Forces, providing an advanced, highly capable and fully-qualified rotary-wing aircraft for this nation’s multi-role mission requirements. In addition to being the no. 1 NH90 NFH received by Belgium, it also is the first built at Eurocopter’s Donauwörth, Germany industrial site –… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 02-Aug-13

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NH90 joins Royal New Zealand Air Force exercise for first time

NH90 joins Royal New Zealand Air Force exercise for first time

Three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters were put through their paces as part of an intensive flying training programme around Waiouru this week. “The exercise was to test our ability to deploy in a more austere environment, away from the comfort of home base at Ohakea,” said SQNLDR Chris Andrew, Commanding Officer for… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 01-Aug-13

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