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New commander for RNZAF’s No.3 Squadron

New commander for RNZAF’s No.3 Squadron

A former Central Southland man today takes command of a Royal New Zealand Air Force squadron poised to retire the UH-1 and introduce the NH90

Source: Southland Times, 12-Dec-10

Wikileaks – Spanish PM cost Rolls-Royce £200M NH90 engine contract

Wikileaks – Spanish PM cost Rolls-Royce £200M NH90 engine contract

It is claimed the Spanish military had decided in favour of R-R, but the decision was overturned and the £200M contract was handed to US firm General Electric after an intervention by Prime Minister after US lobbyied Jose Luis Zapatero direct.

Source: This is Derbyshire, 07-Dec-10

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Eurocopter expects NATO approval for NH90 by January

Eurocopter expects NATO approval for NH90 by January

Eurocopter chief executive Lutz Bertling has said he expects final approval from NATO’s procurement agency Nahema for the NH90 transport helicopter

Source: Reuters, 06-Dec-10

Australian MRH90 engine restrictions to be lifted soon?

Australian MRH90 engine restrictions to be lifted soon?

Australian Aerospace CEO Jens Goennemann is confident that operating restrictions on the Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 turboshaft that powers the ADF’s MRH 90 helicopters will soon be lifted.

Source: Australian Aviation, 26-Nov-10

Royal Australian Navy receive first MRH90 at Nowra

Royal Australian Navy receive first MRH90 at Nowra

The first of the Navy’s new MRH 90 helicopters have arrived at the naval air station HMAS Albatross at Nowra ready to begin replacing the ageing Sea King fleet

Source: ABC, 21-Nov-10

Heli-Power 2010: Delays in Dutch NH90 deliveries create SAR headache

Heli-Power 2010: Delays in Dutch NH90 deliveries create SAR headache

The Netherlands government is considering contracting in some level of night-time search and rescue (SAR) capability due to delays in the delivery of NH90 multirole helicopters.

Source: Shephard, 19-Nov-10

Netherlands successfully tests torpedo launch from NH90

Netherlands successfully tests torpedo launch from NH90

[electronic translation from Dutch press release] The latest Defence Helicopter, the NH-90, has 13 Mk46 torpedoes successfully dropped over the Marsdiep in Den Helder. This was the first time and represents a major milestone towards full deployment. The torpedoes were dropped under various operating conditions such as high and low speeds at various heights and… Read more »

Source: Dutch Ministry of Defence, 13-Nov-10

New Zealand – Ohakea AFB staff began moving into the new 3 Sqn HQ

New Zealand – Ohakea AFB staff began moving into the new 3 Sqn HQ

The 8,000 sq.m building, which cost about NZ$26M, will be home to the Defence Force’s 13 new helicopters – eight NH90s and five A109LUHs

05-Nov-10

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Germany launches HSG-64, their first NH-90 Squadron

Germany launches HSG-64, their first NH-90 Squadron

[Electronic translation from German original] On 1 October 2010 was placed under a solemn appeal to the air base Holzdorf the only helicopter squadron of the Air Force. On 21 October 2010 was this helicopter squadron (HSG) 64 the first helicopter of the type NH-90. The new transport helicopter was flown by Lieutenant Colonel Reiner… Read more »

Source: Luftwaffe, 27-Oct-10

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Eurocopter optimistic as RAN helicopter decision approaches

Eurocopter optimistic as RAN helicopter decision approaches

The European helicopter manufacturer is well into the delivery phase of 18 Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters and 42 MRH90 helicopters for the Army. But the two imminent opportunities are Phases 7 and 8 of the ADF’s Project Air 9000.

Source: Aviation Business, 19-Oct-10

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New Zealand pilots off to France to train on NH90s

New Zealand pilots off to France to train on NH90s

A team of 23 New Zealand pilots, technicians and crew members will travel to France from next month to begin training with the eight NH90 helicopters

Source: Manawatu Standard, 10-Oct-10

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Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

Army unit BHELMA III is expected to take delivery of its first NH90 in 2012 and it has been announced that it will be based at Agoncillo

Source: Rioja, 01-Oct-10

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Australian Aerospace says MRH90 helicopters are on track

Australian Aerospace says MRH90 helicopters are on track

Leading defence contractor, Australian Aerospace Limited, says it is on track to meet its 2010 schedule for deliveries of NH90 MRH multi-role helicopters to the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Australian Aerospace, which produces the MRH90s at its final assembly facility on Brisbane Airport, delivered its 13th MRH90 on 3 September 2010. Another three helicopters are… Read more »

Source: Australian Aerospace, 22-Sep-10

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EC225 paves the way for SAR NH90s in France

EC225 paves the way for SAR NH90s in France

Commander Guillaume Guitard of the French Fleet Air Arm’s test unit at Hyeres, said crew transition from the EC225 to the NH90 was ‘less steep than it would have been if they had to transition from the Super Frelon’.

Source: Shephard, 18-Sep-10

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Denmark short lists five naval helicopters

Denmark short lists five naval helicopters

The five NATO-compatible contenders include the AgustaWestland AW101, AgustaWestland Lynx Wildcat, NH Industries NH90, Sikorsky H-92 and the U.S. Navy’s Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk.

Source: Defense News, 16-Sep-10

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Eurocopter accuses Australian military of bias over tender

Eurocopter accuses Australian military of bias over tender

THE battle for a billion-dollar contract to supply navy helicopters has turned nasty, with one of the two bidders accusing Defence of giving the rival company preferential treatment.

Source: The Age, 10-Aug-10

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New Australian NH-90 problem – engines now inspected every 5 hours

New Australian NH-90 problem – engines now inspected every 5 hours

Australian Dept of Defence did not reveal the problem and did not announce that an MRH-90 helicopter on a routine flight from Brisbane to Townsville on Saturday was grounded at Mackay airport.

Source: Herald Sun, 05-Aug-10

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Australia finds NH90 engine failure due to compressor blade fracture

Australia finds NH90 engine failure due to compressor blade fracture

Australia has discovered that an engine failure on an NH90 transport helicopter was caused by the compressor blades fracturing after coming into contact with the engine casing.

Source: Flightglobal, 29-Jul-10

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Second NH90 helicopter lands in De Kooy

Second NH90 helicopter lands in De Kooy

(electronic translation from the Dutch press release) The second NH90 helicopter arrived yesterday afternoon at Maritime Air Station De Kooy. Defence purchased this helicopter type to replace both the Lynx maritime helicopters and the AB-412 rescue helicopters. The Operational Test & Evaluation (OT & E) team flew the aircraft from Italy to the Netherlands. The… Read more »

Source: Koninklkijke Luchmacht, 24-Jul-10

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MRH90 to resume flying in Australia

MRH90 to resume flying in Australia

Australian Aerospace Limited, which assembles the Army’s and Navy’s MRH90 helicopters in Brisbane, has welcomed the imminent return to flying operations by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) world leading and most advanced multi-role helicopter. The ADF announced today that the MRH90s will recommence flying operations later this week. The ADF ceased flying their MRH90 fleet… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 23-Jul-10

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Eurocopter blames Australian NH90 pilots for engine failure

Eurocopter blames Australian NH90 pilots for engine failure

Eurocopter chief executive Lutz Bertling said the root cause of the problem was pilots not following “correct procedures” for a so-called “hot” engine start.

Source: Herald Sun, 20-Jul-10

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Royal Air Force of Oman takes delivery of its first NH90

Royal Air Force of Oman takes delivery of its first NH90

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the delivery on time of the first batch of two NH90.multipurpose helicopters ordered by the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). The Certificate of Transfer of both helicopters occurred on June 23 on the Royal Air Force of Oman base of MUSANA after a very demanding 2 months evaluation period… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 30-Jun-10

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French military gives NH90 the name “Caiman”

French military gives NH90 the name “Caiman”

A Caiman is an genus within the Alligator species

Source: Mere et Marine, 23-Jun-10

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Eurocopter unveils NH90 MedEvac variant at ILA 2010

Eurocopter unveils NH90 MedEvac variant at ILA 2010

Eurocopter will be presenting an NH90 in the Forward Air MedEvac (Medical Evacuation) configuration for the first time at ILA 2010 in Berlin. Designed to meet the future needs of the German Armed Forces, this configuration of the world’s most advanced multirole military helicopter is the company’s response to an initiative by the German Federal… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 04-Jun-10

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Finland details experience with new NH90s

Finland details experience with new NH90s

Now equipped with seven aircraft from its eventual fleet of 20 TTH-configured NH90s, the Finnish army’s Utti Helicopter Battalion has been flying the type since May 2008 from Utti air base near Kouvola

Source: FlightGlobal, 03-Jun-10

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French Navy takes delivery of its first NH90 NFH

French Navy takes delivery of its first NH90 NFH

NHIndustries is pleased to announce the delivery occurred on May 5th of the first NH90 NFH helicopter to the French Navy. The French Forces have up to now ordered 27 NH90 NFH as well as 34 TTH to be followed by a subsequent optional batch of 34 TTH aircraft; this event marks the first delivery… Read more »

Source: NH Industries, 03-Jun-10

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Germany restricts NH90 test flying

Germany restricts NH90 test flying

Apparently linked to Australia’s NH90 decision, and only days after Germany suspended acquisition of Tiger gunships.

Source: Reuters, 01-Jun-10

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Australia grounds NH90 after engine failure

Australia grounds NH90 after engine failure

Specialist personnel from the European engine manufacturer (Turbomeca and Rolls Royce have been brought to Australia to assist with the ongoing investigation into a technical incident with an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Multi Role Helicopter (MRH90) last month. The helicopter suffered an engine failure in one of its two main engines on 20 April 2010,… Read more »

Source: Australian Dept of Defence, 19-May-10

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Quatro Composites Produces Wiper Blades for NH90 and CH-53K

Quatro Composites Produces Wiper Blades for NH90 and CH-53K

Since 2007, Quatro has manufactured composite wiper blades for application in several military helicopters’ windshield wiper systems, including the Eurocopter NH90. Broadening their production portfolio, Quatro will begin the design phase for the composite wiper blades for the Sikorsky CH-53K Super Stallion helicopter in May 2010. Driven by the increased strength, stiffness, light weight properties,… Read more »

Source: Quatro Composites, 09-May-10

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France’s DGA receives first NH90

France’s DGA receives first NH90

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… Read more »

Source: DGA, 03-May-10

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Dutch Navy Takes Delivery Of Its First NH90 NFH

Dutch Navy Takes Delivery Of Its First NH90 NFH

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce on behalf of NH Industries the delivery of the first NH90 NFH helicopter to the Royal Netherlands Navy during an official ceremony held today at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy. The Royal Netherlands Navy has ordered a total of 20 NH90 NFH aircraft. Today’s event marks the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Apr-10

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20-Apr-10 (Serial TBA) NH90 30km NE Adelaide, Australia

20-Apr-10

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Finland may hand old Mi-8s over to humanitarian aid use

Finland may hand old Mi-8s over to humanitarian aid use

Other alternatives include donation to museums, or scrapping – the disposal being brought about by the acquisition of NH90 helicopters.

Source: Helsingin Sanomat, 14-Apr-10

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New Zealand 3 Sqn new base at Ohakea nearly complete

New Zealand 3 Sqn new base at Ohakea nearly complete

The building is split into two hangar areas for 13 new helicopters, eight NH90 medium utility helicopters and five A109 light utility helicopters, which are worth about $900m.

Source: Manawatu Standard, 10-Apr-10

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Eurocopter rejects criticism of NH90 helicopter by ‘secret report’

Eurocopter rejects criticism of NH90 helicopter by ‘secret report’

Quote “The report referred to by the daily press does not reflect the actual status and, respectively, the actual contractual background”

Source: DefPro, 09-Apr-10

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Choosing NH90 would boost Australian GDP by Au$661m, says report

Choosing NH90 would boost Australian GDP by Au$661m, says report

Australia’s GDP will increase by about $661 million from 2011 to 2024 if the NH90 NFH is selected by the country’s military, according to a report from economic consulting firm Access Economics.

Source: Australian Defence, 19-Mar-10

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Australia cautiously defend NH90 choice after German criticism

Australia cautiously defend NH90 choice after German criticism

Problems cited include limited clearance for getting in and out, rear ramp too weak, seats unable to accommodate soldiers weighing >110kg and no room for a door gunner.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 02-Mar-10

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Selex Galileo’s sonic system OTS-90 successfully showcased in Sydney on board the NH-90

Selex Galileo’s sonic system OTS-90 successfully showcased in Sydney on board the NH-90

SELEX Galileo’s sonic system OTS-90 was demonstrated successfully during recent flight trials performed in Australia. In a demo flight during the PAC2010 Exhibition, the helicopter NH90 (NHF) deployed the sonic sensor for a dip just in front of the Sidney Opera House (see picture). SELEX Galileo’s OTS-90 is an integrated system combining dipping sonar and… Read more »

Source: Selex Galileo, 27-Feb-10

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Australian Government confirms naval tender is NH90 v MH-60R

Australian Government confirms naval tender is NH90 v MH-60R

The Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, today announced that the Government has given first pass approval for a major project to provide the Australian Defence Force with a new naval combat helicopter. Project AIR 9000 Phase 8 is included in the Defence Capability Plan to provide naval warships with a new combat helicopter. Senator… Read more »

Source: Australian Government, 25-Feb-10

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German army complains NH90 is not sturdy enough

German army complains NH90 is not sturdy enough

The German army has complained that a new battlefield helicopter is too poorly-constructed for soldiers, with flimsy seats and thin floors easily dented by heavily armed men, it emerged Tuesday

Source: Earth Times, 24-Feb-10

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Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

Construction well under way of French NH90 base at Lanvéoc

A new building to ensure the future support of the NH90 helicopters Navy is being built on naval aviation base at Lanvéoc-Poulmic

Source: Mer et Maritime, 13-Feb-10

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Finns and Germans in joint NH90 exercises in Lapland

Finns and Germans in joint NH90 exercises in Lapland

This year the exercises have a major goal, which is to create a seamless symbiosis using the NH90 helicopters and command teams of both countries.

Source: YLE, 11-Feb-10

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Australian Aerospace promises 750 jobs if NH90 chosen for Navy

Australian Aerospace promises 750 jobs if NH90 chosen for Navy

Australian Aerospace has promised to create 750 skilled jobs to build the NH90 NFH  locally if it is chosen to replace the Ran fleet of  Seahawks and cancelled Super Seasprites.

Source: Australian Aerospace, 28-Jan-10

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NH90 Helicopter Performs First Demonstration Flight in Canada

NH90 Helicopter Performs First Demonstration Flight in Canada

A leading contender in the Canadian Maritime Helicopter Replacement Program (MHP) made its debut on the American continent in Ottawa.  The NH90 demonstrated its outstanding maneuverability and superior handling capabilities to the media at the Canadian Aviation Museum

Source: PlaneNews, 15-Jan-10

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Dutch military receives first maritime NH-90

Dutch military receives first maritime NH-90

As the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed shortly before Christmas, the Dutch Armed Forces has taken delivery of the first NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), the naval version of NHIndustries’ NH90. However, this first helicopter (designated NNLN03), from a total order of 12 NH90 NFH for the Netherlands, is not yet ready to be deployed… Read more »

06-Jan-10

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Two Australian MRH-90s to be manufactured in Germany

Two Australian MRH-90s to be manufactured in Germany

Two of Australia’s 46 aircraft Eurocopter-Australian Aerospace MRH-90 helicopters will be built in Germany as part of plans to recover schedule delays on the A$4.199 billion Air 9000 phase 2/4/6 acquisition program.

Source: Rotorhub, 02-Dec-09

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NH90 NFH completes ship deck trials in Norway

NH90 NFH completes ship deck trials in Norway

The naval version of the NH90 has recently completed with success a ship deck landing trial campaign aboard the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel “Nordkapp. “

Source: NH Industries, 02-Dec-09

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Australia’s capital hosts visit by MRH90

Australia’s capital hosts visit by MRH90

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today welcomed to the national capital a MRH90 helicopter.  The MRH helicopter is replacing the Army’s Black Hawk and the Navy’s Sea King helicopters.

Source: Australian Dept of Defence, 30-Nov-09

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Australian military chiefs prefer MH-60R over the NH90

Australian military chiefs prefer MH-60R over the NH90

Australian military chiefs are pressing for the Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter over its European rival, the NH90 built by EADS, according to a classified document.  Their decisions are outlined in a classified submission to Defense Minister John Faulkner and Minister for Defense Personnel, Materiel and Science Minister Greg Combet

Source: UPI, 25-Oct-09

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Helisim Inaugurates its First NH90 Simulator

Helisim Inaugurates its First NH90 Simulator

Today, Helisim inaugurated its first NH90 flight simulator at the training center in Marignane (France) where it will be used to train military helicopter pilots. Helisim is a company jointly created by Eurocopter, Thales and DCI. The Australian Army Aviation, the French Navy and the French Army Air Corps will be the first customers to… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 23-Sep-09

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German Army Angry Over EADS Delays And Technical Glitches

Article covers both A400M  and NH90 programs

Source: Free Internet Press, 20-Aug-09

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Netherlands first NH90 arrives at De Kooy for training

Source: Den Helder Actueel, 11-Jul-09

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NH90 carries out French Frigate tests

Source: Rotorhub, 07-Jul-09

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NH-90 still too heavy for Dutch frigates

Source: Defense Aerospace, 16-Jun-09

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First New Zealand NH90 commences test flights

First New Zealand NH90 commences test flights

The first of the eight-strong fleet had its initial test flight at manufacturer NH Industries in Marignane, France, last week.

Source: Scoop, 12-May-09

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Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

Australia confirms Army reluctance to accept MRH-90

Australia’s Defence Materiel Organisation has confirmed that it is experiencing user push-back against the introduction of the Australian Aerospace-Eurocopter MRH-90 utility helicopter by the Australian Army.

Source: Rotorhub, 30-Apr-09

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NH90 assists in Italian earthquake aftermath

Source: Rotorhub, 09-Apr-09

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German Navy to decide soon on their new Maritime Helicopter

Source: Defpro, 23-Mar-09

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Rolls-Royce Turbomeca signs engine support contract with Australian Aerospace for Army NH90 fleet

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Mar-09

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Norway selects BAE Sting Ray torpeodoes for NH90

Source: BAE, 27-Feb-09

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Helicopter Flight Training Services inaugurates World’s first NH90 Full-Mission Simulator

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Jan-09

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French Army orders 22 NH90 TTH

Source: NH Industries, 08-Jan-09

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Finnish Army takes delivery of its first NH90

Source: NH Industries, 03-Nov-08

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