1-Sep-2011 Source: Patria
The Finnish Defence Forces and Patria have signed an agreement on ballistic protection for NH90 helicopters. Patria will design and manufacture protective equipment for NH90 helicopters, which can be installed when operations so require. Ballistic protection shields both pilots and transported personnel during airlifts by the Armyâ€™s NH90 helicopters.
â€œThe ballistic protection project is a prime example of how Patriaâ€™s expertise and design knowledge gained during the assembly of NH90 helicopters can be used to improve the NH90 fleetâ€™s performance, while ensuring that the fleet can be used in all security situationsâ€, comments Lassi Matikainen, President of Patria Aviation.
The Finnish company FY-Composites Oy will supply the ballistic protection plates. Material technology developed by the company will be used in the protection platesâ€™ structures. The project will be implemented during 2012â€“2014.
Patria is a defence, security and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on its own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.