Thursday, January 7, 2016

France orders 6 additional NH90 helicopters


France has placed an additional order for six NH90 helicopters in tactical troop transport (TTH) configuration, to augment troop transport capability of French Army Aviation.

The French armed forces have deployed the NH90 operationally in Mali where it demonstrated outstanding endurance, versatility and manoeuvrability.

The order to be delivered from 2017 to 2019, will bring the total no of the type ordered by France to 74.

Combat-proven since 2010, the NH90 TTH has been successfully deployed by several countries in different theatres of operation.

With a wide modular cabin, large sliding doors on each side and a rear ramp, the NH90 can be rapidly configured for such missions as troop transport with a 20-seat configuration, light vehicle transport, casualty evacuation with 12 stretchers, cargo airlift with standard NATO pallets, armed tactical transport, as well as combat search and rescue.

The NH90’s 4-axis autopilot and fly-by-wire controls contribute to safety and maximum flight performance in severe operating conditions. The NH90 is the first serial helicopter in the world to be equipped with fly-by-wire technologies, significantly reducing pilot workload and allowing for this state-of-the-art helicopter to be piloted with ease.

To date, around 270 NH90 have been delivered to 13 countries and have logged nearly 100,000 flight hours, confirming the success of this helicopter on the export market.