NH90 First Delivery For Sweden
(Source: NH Industries; issued June 20, 2007)
PARIS --- NHIndustries and its Partner Companies, AgustaWestland – Eurocopter – Stork Fokker, are proud to announce the first delivery of its serial production NH90 to FMV (Swedish Defence Materiel Administration) today on the occasion of Paris Air Show 2007.
During the ceremony Gala Gonçalves, General Manager of NHIndustries, under-lined the importance of this event, which represents a major step since it is the first serial NH90 transfer of ownership to an Export Customer.
To be reminded that the first four serial production NH90 were delivered to Germany (a founding Nation of the NH90 Programme) starting in December 2006.
Sweden, Finland and Norway gathered under a common acquisition programme, Nordic Standard Helicopter Programme (NSHP), selected the NH90 as their future multi-role helicopter.
Out of a NSHP total acquisition of 52 NH90 plus 17 options, Sweden has ordered on 26 September 2001, 18 firm NH90 of which 13 are dedicated to Tactical Troop Transport (TTT) / Search and Rescue (SAR) missions and 5 to Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) missions. An additional 7 options were contracted derived from the NAHEMA TTH version. All the helicopters ordered by Sweden will be equipped with the new Tactical Mission System (TMS) developed by SAAB, the major industrial group of Sweden. The integration of the TMS to the Swedish NH90 is performed by integrated multi-national joint teams EC/ SAAB in Marignane.
In addition to the NH90 now famous outstanding features (full Fly-By-Wire flight control sys-tem, full composite crashworthy airframe, full aircraft/avionics/mission system integration and state-of-the-art system suite), all NH90 ordered by FMV will be fitted with a higher cabin in order to optimize upright SAR operations and to improve CARGO/ MEDEVAC/ CASEVAC capabilities.
Tribute can be rendered to Sweden which is thus the launch customer of the High Cabin Version (HCV) of the NH90. With 24 additional centimetres, the NH90 HCV offers a cargo volume increased by 2.5 additional cubic meters for a total of 17.50 cubic meters. The 1.82 m overall height allows cabin medical attendants to perform their mission within a highly comfortable environment.
The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 495 units plus 60 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium.
Final negotiation steps are yet under process with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions. To date, after the first four German NH90s, this first Swedish helicopter brings the total of delivered NH90s to 5. (ends)
Eurocopter Hands Over First NH90 to Swedish Air Force in Paris Air Show Ceremony
(Source: Eurocopter; issued June 20, 2007)
LE BOURGET --- NHIndustries and its consortium partners, Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Stork Fokker, handed over the first NH90 to the Swedish Air Force on June 20 at 11:00 in its Static Display. Accepting the aircraft on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Defence was Brigadier General Arne Heden, Director of Air and Space of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
Sweden is the launch customer of the High Cabin Version (HCV) of the NH90 which features an increased usable cabin height by 24 centimeters, from 1.58 meters in the standard version to 1.82 meters. This variant allows operators and passengers to stand upright in the cabin. Sweden had signed the contract for 25 NH90 in September 2001, covering 18 firm orders for 13 TTT / SAR helicopters and five ASW variants, plus seven options.
The TTT (Tactical Troop Transport) / SAR (Search and Rescue) and ASW (anti-submarine warfare) variants are derived from the NAHEMA TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) version of the NH90, and are equipped with a complete new Tactical Mission System (TMS) developed by SAAB in cooperation with NHIndustries. The increased cabin height is particularly important in SAR missions.
At the hand-over ceremony, Lutz Bertling, President and CEO of Eurocopter, declared: “I am very pleased to be handing over this aircraft to Sweden today. Cooperation with the Swedish authorities and Swedish industry is excellent, and I would like to extend my thanks to all parties involved. We owe Sweden the new, high-cabin version of the NH90 which offers additional headroom while maintaining maximum commonality with the standard aircraft.”
The NH90 is a latest-technology, twin-engine helicopter in the medium-size class. It has been designed from the outset as a multi-role weapons system. The tactical transport (TTH) and naval (NFH) variants of the helicopter share a common basic helicopter in a modular design. Dedicated, specialized mission equipment packages allow for maximum flexibility in operations. Special emphasis has been placed on features such as safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, testability and supportability. The diamond shape of the all-composite, corrosion-free airframe combines optimal aerodynamics with low detectability.
Optimized man-machine interface significantly reduces pilot and crew workload. The NH90's superior handling qualities are enhanced by a fly-by-wire flight control system, making it the first production helicopter in the world to feature this advanced technology. The NH90 is qualified for day-and-night, all-weather operations.
The NH90 program is managed by NAHEMO (NATO Helicopter Management Organisation) representing France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium, and by the industrial consortium NHIndustries consisting of Eurocopter (62.5%), AgustaWestland (32%) and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52% percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors.