The latest Defence Helicopter, the NH90 has successfully executed its first night. The flights took place Tuesday night from Marine Air Station De Kooy in Den Helder.
During the flights, the potential and limitations of night vision equipment evaluated. Also, patients and Search and Rescue flight tested. In the coming weeks there are several test flights will take place.
Until 2012, a total of 20 NH90’s delivered. The first 12 aircraft’s NH90 NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) are stationed with 860 Squadron at Marine Air Station De Kooy (MVKK). They are used for maritime and amphibious combat operations from naval vessels and tactical transport operations. In addition, they also stand-by for search and rescue operations.
The remaining 8 helicopters are commonly known NFH NH90 Transport’s (TNFH). These helicopters are stationed at Gilze-Rijen Airbase in 300 Squadron of the Royal Air Force and assigned to transport duties.
The multi-purpose NH90 eventually replace both the Lynx maritime helicopters and the AB-412 rescue helicopters.NH90 flies for the first time at night with night visionDefense Minister Hans Hillen: “We are very pleased. Our people are safe, what a wonderful news.” Immediately after the release, their families informed.
(Electronic translation of press release issued in Dutch)