3-May-2010 Source: DGA
The Directorate General for Armaments (DGA) has approved Friday, April 23, 2010 the first NH90 NFH version for the Navy. It will soon be delivered to the Naval Aviation begins a campaign of operational experiments to lead to operational fielding expected in late 2011. The DGA has ordered 27 NFH 13 in support version and 14 version battle will be delivered by 2021.
The industrial prime contractor is the consortium NH Industries (Eurocopter – 62.5%, AgustaWestland – 32% and Stork Fokker – 5.5%).
The NH90 is a major European program launched by France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, joined in 2001 by Portugal and Belgium in 2006. It is a real success in export markets and was commissioned to 529 copies by 14 countries, including 111 NFH version devices. The NH90 NFH has been retained by the marines French, Italian, Holland, Belgium and Norway.
The NH90 NFH helicopter is a class of 10 tons for the replacement of aging anti-submarine and surface ships cons. The NH90 NFH can also be used for rescue missions at sea, pilot ejected Research (CSAR), cons-of maritime terrorism and the fight against piracy, mine warfare, medical evacuation and troop transport and equipment. Its mass, dimensions, blades and tail pylon folding system, let’s get on light frigates (type Lafayette, Horizon, FREMM …) and helicopter carriers (PCB type).
The NH90 NFH is the most powerful device in its class. First in series device with electric flight controls, it has a high maneuverability and agility that allow him to provide missions day and night in very bad weather. Its highly ergonomic cockpit is equipped with multi-function displays (glass cockpits). The structure of carbon fiber makes it lighter and more discreet vis-Ã -vis the radar. Moreover, the NH90 has a high level of safety and survivability.
Equipment for French forces are produced at Eurocopter’s Marignane.
[French press release automatically translated]