12-Jul-2017 Source: Nordic Rotors
The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) announces that
it has taken delivery of the last aircraft of the 18 NH90s ordered from
NHIndustries back in September 2001. In total, 15 NH90s, locally designated
HKP 14, are now in service with the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing.
Five of these are anti-submarine warfare (ASW) versions. Adding to that,
three of the first delivered helicopters are currently back at the factory
The acquisition of the NH90 has been cornered by late deliveries and political
turbulence. It even triggered the purchase of 15 brand-new Sikorsky UH-60M
Black Hawks back in 2011 – a system that was fully delivered, operational
and deployed in exactly two years.
The NH90s were originally expected to be delivered between 2005 and 2009,
but the first
Swedish high-cabin version didn’t make its initial flight until 2005. The
Defence Materiel Administration officially handed over the first four aircraft
to the Swedish Armed Forces in April 2011. These were in a basic configuration
(A- and B versions). Two out of five intended C versions, enhanced basic
models, were handed over to the FMV, but the version was never
The first mission-ready NH90 was handed over to the Swedish Armed Forces
in December 2013. This International Mission version, designated HKP 14D,
is an all-weather mission helicopter with a completely new tactical system,
and it features a deicing system, weather radar, digital maps, ballistic
protection, warning/countermeasure system, laser rangefinder as well as
Two years later, in December 2015, the first anti-submarine warfare (ASW)
version was handed over. This aircraft, designated HKP 14F, is equipped
with a mission system tailored to the Swedish specifications, including
a dipping sonar and a multi-mode tactical radar.
In late 2015, FMV and NHIndustries agreed to modify the four basic A/B-versions
into HKP 14F (ASW) models, subsequently distributing the number of maritime
and inland versions equally. All inland versions will eventually be further
upgraded into a final E version, which is an inland version with SAR capabilities.
The fleet of HKP 14 is operated from two bases in Sweden Lule in the
north and Kallinge in the south.
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