NHI has delivered the sixth NH90 helicopter to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. This event took place in the Tessera, Italy, Finmeccanica Helicopter Division facility. The Helicopter took off from Tessera afterward.
The delivery of this sonar-equipped NH90 marks the end of the first phase of the Norwegian production program, joining the NH90 fleet that will commence embarked operations for the Norwegian Coast Guard later this year. The next phase of the program includes the delivery of six helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare and two further helicopters configured for coast guard operations.
The Norwegian NH90NFH is a maritime helicopter able to operate in the most demanding conditions by day and night thanks to its state-of-the-art mission system, its de-icing system and its various sensors, such as its electronic warfare suite, multi-mode radar and sonic suite.
The NH90 is the optimal choice for modern operations thanks to its large full-composite airframe, excellent power-to-weight ratio and wide range of role equipment. It features a fly-by-wire flight control system for reduced pilot workload and enhanced flight characteristics.
The NH90 is proposed in two main variants, one dedicated to naval operations, the NH90NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter) and a tactical transport variant for land-based operations. As of today, 270 helicopters have been delivered in naval and tactical transport variants. They are in service in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand.
The twin-engine, medium NH90 helicopter program is managed by NHIndustries, the company owned by Finmeccanica Helicopter Division, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker Aerostructures.