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Australia given an extra NH90 free to make up for delays

Australia given an extra NH90 free to make up for delays

Chief Executive Officer of Australian Aerospace, Dr. Jens Goennemann welcomed the signing of an agreement with the Commonwealth which, he said, will provide both the Army and Navy with not only a superior but also affordable military helicopter capability. He was commenting on an announcement by The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Defence and… Read more »

Source: Australian Aerospace, 10-May-13

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First NH90 TTH

Italian Army Takes Delivery of Its First NH90 TTH

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first NH90 TTH in FOC (Final Operational Capability) configuration for the Italian Army has been delivered today during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Venice Tessera plant in the presence of Gen. Giangiacomo Calligaris, Commander of Italian Army Aviation, and Gen. Francesco Langella, ARMAEREO. This… Read more »

Source: Italian Army, 03-May-13

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Fokker delivers first standard parts for NH90

Fokker delivers first standard parts for NH90

Fokker Services performed its first official standard part delivery for a NH90 helicopter. During a ceremony in the Fokker Services warehouse in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Defense took receipt of the first batch of aeronautical standard hardware necessary to support their National NH90 helicopter fleet. Fokker is partner in the… Read more »

Source: Fokker, 15-Apr-13

Belgian NH90 NFH makes first flight

Belgian NH90 NFH makes first flight

NHI is proud to announce the first flight of the first NH90 NFH Nato Frigate Helicopter ordered by the Belgian armed forces. For this first 45 minutes flight performed on april 5th at Eurocopter facility Donauwörth in Germany, the crew successfully tested the basic systems of this new generation aircraft. After landing, the pilot expressed… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 10-Apr-13

Sogitec to supply Finnish Army Aviation NH90 training device

Sogitec to supply Finnish Army Aviation NH90 training device

SOGITEC INDUSTRIES, a subsidiary of DASSAULT AVIATION, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter D&D Production and Logistics Management Agency) a contract for the production of an NH90 Medium Range Training Device (MRTD) to be delivered to the Finnish Army Aviation. SOGITEC is already in charge of the development… Read more »

Source: Sogitec, 02-Mar-13

French Army formally adopt NH90 Caiman

French Army formally adopt NH90 Caiman

[electronic translation] On 14th February, the Army formally adopted the Cayman NH 90, this helicopter class 11 tons, in its earthly TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) allowing instructors training center joint (CFIA) of Cannet des Maures (Var) to begin pilot training operational from April 2013. For the fleet renewal for tactical transport helicopter, this device has… Read more »

Source: ALAT, 26-Feb-13

AgustaWestland at Aero India 2013

AgustaWestland at Aero India 2013

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it will be showcasing its range of modern high performance military and commercial helicopters at Aero India 2013, which is being held at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru, from 6th to 10th February. Helicopters being promoted at Aero India include the AW101, twelve of which are now… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Feb-13

Eurocopter CEO sees German defence deal within months

Eurocopter CEO sees German defence deal within months

Eurocopter aims to reach a multi-billion dollar agreement with the German government in a few months on a downsized order for helicopters (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 07-Feb-13

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First NH-90 heads for duty off Somalia

First NH-90 heads for duty off Somalia

The Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter left her home port of Den Helder yesterday for counterpiracy operations in the waters around Somalia as part of the European Union’s “Operation Atalanta”. The ship is carrying an NH-90 helicopter, and the trip marks the first operational deployment of this type for the Netherlands. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-13

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First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

23rd January – This morning a ceremony was held for the maiden flight of the first NH90 to be assembled by Eurocopter España at its facility in Albacete. The event was attended by María Dolores de Cospedal, President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenés, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-13

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Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

Eurocopter hands over NH90s to Belgium and France

Eurocopter achieved a new milestone on 21st December in its NH90 program with two ceremonies held at its Marignane facility near Marseille in the south of France, during which the manufacturer delivered Belgium’s first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) in the presence of the Belgian Defense Minister Pieter de Crem; along with the French DGA… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Jan-13

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Norway ramps up pressure over NH90 delays

Norway ramps up pressure over NH90 delays

Norway has again warned NH Industries that the airframer must resolve Oslo’s concerns over the performance and capability of its NH90 naval helicopters or face the cancellation of its order. (see full story)

13-Dec-12

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Second NH90 NFH delivered to Norway

Second NH90 NFH delivered to Norway

NHIndustries is proud to announce the delivery of the second NH90 NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) helicopter to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The delivery ceremony took place on November 28 at AgustaWestland’s Tessera facility where it was assembled. “We are extremely pleased to deliver this helicopter because we know how important this new helicopter is for… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 04-Dec-12

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Germany commits Tigers and NH90s to Afghanistan

Germany commits Tigers and NH90s to Afghanistan

[Electronic translation from German]  Finally it’s done. After a demanding mission preparation, the first support Tiger helicopter go later this year to Afghanistan. There they will protect German soldiers from the air. Is the main task of the Tiger combat helicopter regiment 36 from Fritzlar be the first aerial reconnaissance. Furthermore, the Tigers afford fire… Read more »

Source: German Army, 25-Nov-12

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French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

French Navy awards support contract for NH90 FLASH sonars

The NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), in the name of the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), has awarded Thales a two-year contract, with a three-year extension close, to support 14 FLASH dipping sonars on the French Navy’s 27 NH90 NFH helicopters. Thales has extensive experience in the delivery of through-life support services for underwater warfare… Read more »

Source: Thales, 30-Oct-12

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Eurocopter’s to showcase Naval and Maritime helicopters at Euronaval 2012

Eurocopter’s to showcase Naval and Maritime helicopters at Euronaval 2012

Eurocopter’s extensive range of helicopters for naval and maritime missions will take pride of place at Euronaval 2012, the 23rd Naval, Defense and Maritime Exhibition and Conference, with the company displaying models of the NH90 NFH, the AS365 N3+ and the AS565 MB/Panther (Hall 2A – Stand G70). Eurocopter’s participation in this biennial event, to… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Oct-12

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First flight of Belgian NH90 TTH

First flight of Belgian NH90 TTH

NHI is proud to announce the first flight of the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter ordered by the Belgian armed forces. For this first flight performed on sept 18th from Marignane, the crew tested all the main systems of this new generation aircraft such as the engines and the flight controls. After landing, the crew… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 23-Sep-12

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King Juan Carlos I flies in Spanish NH90

King Juan Carlos I flies in Spanish NH90

His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, took off this morning from the Cuatro Vientos Air Base in Madrid for a flight in the Spanish variant of the cutting-edge NH90 helicopter, which is being fitted out and tested at the company’s facility in Albacete. The first deliveries of this aircraft to the Spanish Army… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 18-Sep-12

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NH90 makes first operational flight in Afghanistan

NH90 makes first operational flight in Afghanistan

Ten days after arrival at Herat, an Italian NH90 has made the first operational flight of the helicopter type in Afghanistan. (see full story)

Source: Paola Casoli blog, 05-Sep-12

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Successful NH90 trial onboard HMNZS Canterbury

Successful NH90 trial onboard HMNZS Canterbury

The interface trial is the first stage of a process intended to integrate helicopter and ship operations – an important step towards the New Zealand Defence Force goal of establishing a Joint Amphibious Task Force (JATF) by 2015. While the JATF will be structured for the deployment of combat forces, the most likely contingencies it… Read more »

Source: New Zealand Defence Force, 17-Aug-12

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Simthetiq to develop Visual 3D Military Models for NH90 simulator

Simthetiq to develop Visual 3D Military Models for NH90 simulator

Simthetiq has recently been awarded a contract by Sogitec Industries to develop a vast number of military and civilian real-time 3D models for the French Army and Navy NH90 Helicopter FFS (Full Flight Simulator) MRTDs (Medium-Range Training Device) as well as future simulation and training programs. The development will include a wide array of naval… Read more »

Source: Simthetiq, 17-Aug-12

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Norway may buy Seahawks instead of NH90s

Norway may buy Seahawks instead of NH90s

Norway’s military may buy Seahawk if the NH90s it ordered seven years ago are not delivered by the end of the year, the defence minister said on Thursday.  (see full story)

17-Aug-12

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Eurocopter delivers second NH90 to French Army and seventh to French Navy

Eurocopter delivers second NH90 to French Army and seventh to French Navy

The French DGA armament procurement agency has taken delivery today of its second NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and seventh NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), marking an important step forward in the largest European helicopter program launched to date. The ceremony celebrating this dual delivery was held at the Marignane, France headquarters of Eurocopter, and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 31-Jul-12

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Selex Elsag to equip Italian Navy NH90s with Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring

Selex Elsag to equip Italian Navy NH90s with Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring

At Farnborough 2012 SELEX Elsag announced a 11 million euro contract to supply LOAM (Laser Obstacle Avoidance & Monitoring) systems to equip naval and tactical NH-90 helicopters operated by the Italian Ministry of Defense. Delivery of the equipment is expected to begin in 2013. The NH90 is produced by NHI, a consortium between the Franco-German… Read more »

Source: Selex Elsag, 19-Jul-12

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Portugal cancels NH90 order

Portugal cancels NH90 order

The Portuguese Ministry of Defence has suspended participation in the NH90 program and will no longer take delivery of the ten they had ordered.  The fleet was intended for the Portuguese Army, and were the TTH (Tactical Trasport Helicopter) variant.  The cancellation is believed to be driven by budgetary cost savings. The NH90 acquisition was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-12

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Delivery of two NH90 to the Royal Air Force of Oman.

Delivery of two NH90 to the Royal Air Force of Oman.

NHI is proud to announce the successful delivery of two new NH90 helicopters to the Royal Air Force of Oman. As of today the RAFO operates ten NH90 s out of twenty ordered. These new generation helicopters are among the best equipped helicopters in the region, they are able to fulfill a wide spectrum of… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 02-Jul-12

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Airbus Military A400M demonstrates loading of NH90 and EC725

Airbus Military A400M demonstrates loading of NH90 and EC725

Airbus Military has successfully demonstrated the loading of NH Industries NH90 and Eurocopter EC725 helicopters onto the A400M new generation airlifter. In a series of tests at Holzdorf air base in Germany and at Toulouse, France respectively, the NH90 and EC725 were loaded onto, and unloaded from, the Grizzly 4 development aircraft as required for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Military, 19-Jun-12

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Eurocopter exhibits the largest range of military helicopters at Eurosatory 2012

Eurocopter exhibits the largest range of military helicopters at Eurosatory 2012

Backed by the largest range of military helicopters in operation with armed forces around the world, Eurocopter will showcase the versatility and efficiency of its rotorcraft at the Eurosatory 2012 exhibition, to be held June 11-15 at the Villepinte Exhibition Center near Paris. This presence will include French Army displays of the most modern air… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 11-Jun-12

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NHI attends Aerospace Forum in Sweden

NHI attends Aerospace Forum in Sweden

NHI is pleased to announce its participation to the second Aerospace Forum in Linköping air base (Sweden) between May 31st and June 3rd. This event involves the participation of industrial leaders, scientists, military chiefs and government officials. Several aircrafts are presented in flight and on a static display, among them, the NH90 of the Swedish… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 04-Jun-12

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NH Industries gives 10 reasons why S70B does not meet Indian Naval requirement

NH Industries gives 10 reasons why S70B does not meet Indian Naval requirement

NHI Industries lists out 10 instances where the S70B could not have met the Naval Staff Quality Requirements (NSQRs). These include requirements for internal/external tanks, fuel reserve, sonar, health and usage monitoring system, deck lock and technical literature. (see full story)

Source: Defense World, 17-May-12

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NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

NH-90 Caiman makes first deck landing on FREMM Aquitaine

A few weeks after the first helicopter landing trials on board the FREMM Aquitaine frigate, DCNS, the French Navy and the French defence procurement agency (DGA) have successfully completed a new series of deck landing trials, this time with new Caiman Marine (NH90) heavy lift helicopter which recently entered operational service with the French Navy. Having successfully conducted… Read more »

Source: DCNS, 13-Mar-12

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NZ Defence Minister welcomes NH-90 arrivals

NZ Defence Minister welcomes NH-90 arrivals

Defence Minister, Dr Jonathan Coleman, today officially welcomed the first of the Air Force’s new medium utility NH90 helicopters at an event at Wellington Airport. “This is a very significant day for the Air Force and the wider NZDF,” Dr Coleman said. “The NH90 helicopters are state of the art machines with better capabilities [than… Read more »

Source: NZ Defence Force, 13-Mar-12

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Norway pre-selects NH90 for future SAR capability

Norway pre-selects NH90 for future SAR capability

NHIndustries is pleased to announce that Norway has preselected the NH90 helicopter for the ongoing NAWSARH (Norwegian All Weather Search And Rescue Helicopter) competition aiming at replacing Search and Rescue helicopters operated by the RnoAF 330 th Squadron. “We are proud and honored to have been pre selected by the norwegian Ministry of Justice for… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 06-Mar-12

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Cassidian to support medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan

Cassidian to support medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan

Cassidian, an EADS company, will support the Forward Air Medical Evacuation (FwdAirMedEvac) missions carried out with NH90 helicopters of the German Army in the evacuation of ill and injured persons in Afghanistan. For this purpose, the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) ordered a total of eight units of Cassidian’s mobile EUA… Read more »

Source: Cassidian, 01-Mar-12

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Indian Navy accuses NH Industries of “misleading” the defence ministry

Indian Navy accuses NH Industries of “misleading” the defence ministry

A big controversy has hit the acquisition of 16 Multi-Role Helicopters for the Indian Navy, a deal estimated to be worth around $1 billion, with the Indian Navy accusing European vendor NH Industries of trying to “mislead” the defence ministry, “twist” the Naval Staff Qualitative Requirements (NSQRs), “falsify” the RFP and cause delays with “unreasonable… Read more »

22-Feb-12

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Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH qualified in its Final Operational Config

Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH qualified in its Final Operational Config

During a visit by the French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet to its facilities in Marignane, Eurocopter officially delivered the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) qualified in its final operational configuration to the French armament procurement agency today. This initial on-time delivery comes on the heels of the qualification issued by the NAHEMA countries last… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 30-Jan-12

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Italian Navy to receive Mission Planning & Analysis System for NH90s

Italian Navy to receive Mission Planning & Analysis System for NH90s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Navy will receive a Mission Planning & Analysis System (MPAS) for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. The MPAS contract, signed between AgustaWestland and NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency), fulfills the requirement for a multi-mission and multi-platform mission planning system that… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Jan-12

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First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

First medical evacuation by French NH90 completed

[electronic translation]  December 31, 2011, the Cayman NH90 NFH of the flotilla of 33F-Lanvéoc Poulmic conducted its first medical evacuation, one of the missions assigned to this new helicopter for the Navy. December 31 at 8 am 30, the operational center of the Navy in Brest contacts the driver alert fleet 33E of the BAN-Lanvéoc… Read more »

Source: French Navy, 04-Jan-12

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100th NH90 delivered before end of 2011

100th NH90 delivered before end of 2011

Industry sources have confirmed to HeliHub.com today that the 100th NH90 was delivered on 29th December 2011.  The landmark aircraft was handed over by AgustaWestland to the Italian military. We are endeavouring to obtain a breakdown by customer and by manufacturer of these 100. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-12

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NHI Industries claims Sikorsky does not meet Indian Navy tender requirements

NHI Industries claims Sikorsky does not meet Indian Navy tender requirements

NHI Industries, one of the two bidders in the race for the US$1.2 billion Indian Navy Multi Role Helicopter contract, claims that rival Sikorsky’s S70B does not meet a number of parameters as outlined in the Request for Proposal (see full story)

Source: Defense World, 27-Dec-11

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Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH to the French Army

Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH to the French Army

On 22nd December, Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) to the ALAT (French Army Aviation Corps).  Prior to official information being released by the manufacturer, we consulted the the French defence ministry website, which told us that their TTH model carries Side and rear machine guns as well as the following equipment… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Dec-11

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AgustaWestland NH90 assembly line celebrates one year and two deliveries

AgustaWestland NH90 assembly line celebrates one year and two deliveries

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its new NH90 Final Assembly Line, located at Venice Tessera in Italy, has successfully completed its first year of operations and celebrated the joint delivery of an NH90 TTH to the Italian Army and an NH90 NFH to the Italian Navy on December 16th. The facility… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-Dec-11

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Australian Aerospace delivers 15th MRH90

Australian Aerospace delivers 15th MRH90

Local defence manufacturer, Australian Aerospace, yesterday delivered the 15th MRH90 (Multi-Role Helicopter), tail number 014, to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) – the second such handover in two weeks following signing of an agreement to overcome Program issues and ensure timely delivery of the world’s most advanced helicopters. Australian Aerospace’s production facility on Brisbane Airport… Read more »

Source: Australian Aerospace, 15-Dec-11

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First of new NH90 helicopters arrive for RNZAF

First of new NH90 helicopters arrive for RNZAF

Two new NH90 helicopters will arrive at Ohakea at 9.30am, after being airlifted from France on board an Antonov AN 124 transport aircraft, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp said today (6th December 2011) “These helicopters will provide a quantum leap in capability for the RNZAF,” said Dr Mapp. “The NH90s will give the NZDF better capability… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 06-Dec-11

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Norway takes delivery of its first NH90

Norway takes delivery of its first NH90

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of the first NH90 NFH helicopter to the Norwegian Armed Forces. The delivery ceremony took place 30th November at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in the presence of Brigadier General/Commander Frode R FlÇ¿lo, NDLO Air Systems Division. The NH90 delivered is the first of 14 NH90s intended to… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Dec-11

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Australia puts NH90 programme onto its “projects of concern” list

Australia puts NH90 programme onto its “projects of concern” list

Defence Minister Stephen Smith said on Monday the project had experienced delays of some two years with a risk of further delays and recently one aircraft suffered a major engine failure. (see full story)

Source: 9 News, 29-Nov-11

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Rotorsim inaugurates Joint NH90 Training Program

Rotorsim inaugurates Joint NH90 Training Program

Rotorsim, the consortium owned equally by CAE and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, today announced its continued expansion into the military training market by officially inaugurating the launch of the Joint NH90 Training Program (JNTP) for the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. The JNTP was inaugurated today during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Colonel Jan Verhulst,… Read more »

Source: CAE, 14-Nov-11

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American Eurocopter selects Helisim in France

American Eurocopter selects Helisim in France

American Eurocopter announced today that HELISIM has been selected as a satellite flight training facility for the American Eurocopter Training Center. “HELISIM provides state-of-the-art simulators, top-notch training and world-class service, which complements our existing capabilities by providing training programs for our customers who perform missions that require larger helicopters,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 09-Nov-11

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NATO agency approves NH90 TTH configuration

NATO agency approves NH90 TTH configuration

The NH90 program has reached a major milestone with the declaration of compliance for the NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant’s Final Operational Configuration, This marks the NH-90 TTH’s development completion, and enables deliveries to begin before year-end in the helicopter’s full operational definition. “The milestone marks the most important achievement in the life of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 09-Nov-11

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Germany plans big cuts in military aircraft orders

Germany plans big cuts in military aircraft orders

Germany plans drastic cuts in military programs, including NH90 and Tiger which are currently being built by Eurocopter at their Donauworth plant.  While the German military has not released an official statement on this, the Financial Times recently quoted that the reductions would be Airbus A400M reduced from 53 to 40 units Eurofighter Typhoon from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-11

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Heli-Power 2011: Teething troubles hamper Dutch NH90s

Heli-Power 2011: Teething troubles hamper Dutch NH90s

The head of the Netherlands Defence Helicopter Command told the Heli-Power 2011 conference that NH90 mean-time-between-failure rate has delayed flight test programme was now delayed by six months. (see full story)

Source: Shephard Group, 20-Oct-11

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R-R Turbomeca RTM322 Powers NH90 and AW101

R-R Turbomeca RTM322 Powers NH90 and AW101

The Rolls Turbomeca RTM322 series continues in production for its two applications, the NH90 and AW101. Customers for the AW101 include India, who signed a contract in early 2010 for 12 helicopters to be configured for VIP use and transport duties. Deliveries are expected to be complete by the end of 2013. The AW101 will… Read more »

Source: Forecast International, 19-Oct-11

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First Swedish NH90s ready to deploy in 2016

First Swedish NH90s ready to deploy in 2016

The three HKP-14s (local name for NH90s)  are not expected to be ready for international deployment until 2016 – eight years later than originally planned. (see full story)

Source: Defense News, 20-Sep-11

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Australia prepares for second NH90 review

Australia prepares for second NH90 review

A second diagnostic review of the MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopter Program will begin next week, Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said today. This follows a review conducted in April which recommended that Defence work with the contractor, Australian Aerospace, to implement a remediation plan. At that time, Mr Clare said a second review would… Read more »

Source: Australian MoD, 16-Sep-11

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Ballistic protection from Patria for Finnish NH90s

Ballistic protection from Patria for Finnish NH90s

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 Army’s NH90 helicopters. “The ballistic protection project is a… Read more »

Source: Patria, 01-Sep-11

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Saab and Eurocopter sign NH90 support agreement

Saab and Eurocopter sign NH90 support agreement

The defence and security company Saab has recently signed a framework agreement with Eurocopter for support of their NH90 helicopters. Eurocopter is the largest owner in the consortium NHIndustries, which designs and produces the NH90 helicopter. NHI has contracts for more than 500 NH90 helicopters, with European defence forces comprising the majority of customers. Saab… Read more »

Source: Saab, 23-Aug-11

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Italian Navy takes delivery of first of 56 NH90s

Italian Navy takes delivery of first of 56 NH90s

The Italian Navy has ordered a total of 56 NH90s (46 NFH and 10 TTH units) which will replace its previous generation helicopters for a variety of roles including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and utility. The NH90 NFH will give the Italian Navy a major increase in operational capability and mission effectiveness due to its… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 24-Jun-11

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Eurocopter to equip German NH90TTHs for forward intensive-care CSAR missions

Eurocopter to equip German NH90TTHs for forward intensive-care CSAR missions

Eurocopter and the German Federal Ministry of Defence today signed a contract to upgrade 12 German Armed Forces NH90 tactical transport helicopters (TTH) for quick-change, intensive-care medical transport in forward air evacuation operations. This agreement, which was concluded at the 2011 Paris Air Show, includes the delivery of Forward Air MedEvac Kits (FwdAirMedEvac), enabling retrofit… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Jun-11

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Finnish NH90s airlift 150+ soldiers over 320km in 5 hours

Finnish NH90s airlift 150+ soldiers over 320km in 5 hours

The multi-role NH90 helicopter’s ability to support large troop movements over long distances were demonstrated during the Finnish Defense Forces’ main field exercise this month, in which 157 soldiers were transported 320 kilometers during two operational rotations. For this exercise, the Finnish NH90 Utti Jaeger Regiment’s Helicopter Battalion was given a mission to relocate 157… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Jun-11

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Australia selects MH-60R over NH90

Australia selects MH-60R over NH90

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy today announced the Commonwealth of Australia has selected the MH-60R SEAHAWK® helicopter to fulfill the Australian Defence Force’s AIR 9000 Phase 8 requirement for a fleet of 24 new-generation, multi-role naval combat aircraft. The Commonwealth will acquire the helicopters with associated training and logistical support via the U.S. Government’s Foreign… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 17-Jun-11

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Partech wins contract to upgrade Australian NH90s

Partech wins contract to upgrade Australian NH90s

Partech Systems is proud to announce it has been awarded a contract by Australian Aerospace Limited for an upgrade to MRH90 Software Support Centre, which will be expanded if the NFH90 (NATO Frigate Helicopter) is chosen for the Air 9000 Phase 8 tender. Partech, as leaders in the field of Avionics Test Equipment, was the… Read more »

Source: Partech Systems, 15-Jun-11

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Portugal reaffirms NH90 acquisition

Portugal reaffirms NH90 acquisition

General Jose Pinto Ramalho, the Chief of Army Staff, reiterated this week the acquisition of ten medium helicopters ‘NH90’ by the Portuguese Government, a purchase valued at around 130 million euros, which includes maintenance for ten years. [file photo]

27-May-11

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Sweden holds handover ceremony for NH90

Sweden holds handover ceremony for NH90

The NHIndustries NH 90, locally designated HKP 14 or Helicopter 14, was officially handed over to the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing by the industry today. The historic ceremony took place at the Malmen Helicopter Base in Linköping, and it marks the start of a new era in the Armed Forces. A large crowd followed… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-May-11

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Dutch Navy takes delivery of a mission planning & analysis system for its NH90s

Dutch Navy takes delivery of a mission planning & analysis system for its NH90s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken delivery of a Mission Planning & Analysis System (MPAS) for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. The delivery of the MPAS to the RNLN was completed after a thorough verification of the system by the RNLN,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-May-11

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Australian rejects NH90 concerns, but pencils in further review

Australian rejects NH90 concerns, but pencils in further review

A full diagnostic review of the MRH-90 Multi Role Helicopter Program has now been completed. The review was ordered in February by the Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and the Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare to address delays to the project. It was chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Materiel… Read more »

Source: Australian Ministry of Defence, 01-May-11

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Estonia considering buying four NH90s

Estonia considering buying four NH90s

According to Andrei Hvostov writing in the Eesti Ekspress, the Estonian government is reportedly considering a plan to buy four NH90 helicopters from Eurocopter for the defence forces. No further information is available at this time, but HeliHub.com will monitor this story and bring updates as they happen. Jeremy Parkin, HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-11

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NH90 takes off in Sweden under HKP 14 designation

NH90 takes off in Sweden under HKP 14 designation

In the morning of April 12 the very first NH90 took off as a HKP 14 of the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing. This was the first time the helicopter type flew in service with the Helicopter Wing, following years of extensive trials by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV). The Materiel Administration has delivered the… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 15-Apr-11

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Patria to strengthen its position in Norway and Nordic helicopter maintenance

Patria to strengthen its position in Norway and Nordic helicopter maintenance

The Nordic defence, security and aerospace group Patria strengthens its position in Norway and in the Nordic helicopter maintenance by buying the Norwegian Bardufoss based NAC Maintenance AS (NACM), specialised in helicopter and aircraft maintenance. By the deal the company name will be changed to Patria Helicopters AS. Patria aims to expand the NACM operations… Read more »

Source: Patria, 25-Mar-11

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Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

(Electronic translation of Dutch press release) 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… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 17-Mar-11

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Eurocopter makes a grand entrance at the 2011 Avalon Air Show

Eurocopter makes a grand entrance at the 2011 Avalon Air Show

Australian Aerospace Limited, supported by Eurocopter, the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer, brings an impressive line-up of aircraft from its rotary-wing family to the 2011 Australian International Air Show at Avalon. A total of seven helicopters will be at Avalon, ranging in size from the smallest family member, the Eurocopter EC120B Colibri, to the largest, the… Read more »

Source: Australian Aerospace, 02-Mar-11

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NLR helps with NH90 trials on Belgian Navy frigate

NLR helps with NH90 trials on Belgian Navy frigate

The NH90 helicopter recently made its first deck landing on an M-frigate, while the ship was under sail. This first-ever landing occurred as part of a qualification measurement procedure for a new helicopter transport system. The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) conducted these measurements during the certification process, with dedicated measuring equipment for the ship, helicopter… Read more »

Source: NLR, 01-Mar-11

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Australian premier backs Eurocopter bid for Air9000 tender over Sikorsky

Australian premier backs Eurocopter bid for Air9000 tender over Sikorsky

Premier Anna Bligh today backed a bid by Brisbane-based Australian Aerospace for a lucrative Australian Navy Contract that would create hundreds of Queensland jobs. The Federal Government currently is considering two rival bids to provide Australia’s new naval combat helicopter under the Air9000 Phase 8 tender – one from Brisbane-based Australian Aerospace who would assemble… Read more »

Source: Australian Aerospace, 22-Feb-11

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Australian NH-90 program running 18 months late

Australian NH-90 program running 18 months late

New army and navy helicopters are running up to 18 months late and could end up on the government’s shame file of dud projects. Defence will now conduct a review of the $4 billion program to buy 46 European MRH-90 helicopters.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 02-Feb-11

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First flight of NH90 TTH for France

First flight of NH90 TTH for France

Marignane, France, 17 December The first NH90 in the tactical transport helicopter configuration for France made its maiden flight today at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France facility. During a one-hour mission, the NH 90 TTH carried out dynamic systems checks followed by handling qualities evaluations and initial avionics tests, followed by the rotary-wing aircraft’s departure to the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-10

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First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

Marignane, France December 17 Eurocopter conducted the first flight of Spain’s NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter today, sustaining the development pace for this multinational rotary-wing program. The one-hour mission was performed at Eurocopter’s Marignane facility in France. A multidisciplinary team from Eurocopter España contributed to this Spanish NH90 program milestone, which involved the first NH90… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-10

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