The air component of the army took delivery on Monday of its final NH90 Caiman helicopter in NFH version. The helicopter, the 8th aircraft ordered in June 2007, landed in the afternoon at Koksijde air base, military sources said.
The aircraft, which is the latest standard in this European helicopter line, arrived from the factory of Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, southern Germany.
Registered RN-04, it joined the other three Caimans in naval version ("NATO Frigate Helicopter," or NFH) in service since 2015. These helicopters will replace, from next year, the venerable Sea Kings of 40th Squadron for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. They can also embark of the Navy's frigates to give them new capabilities, in particular for anti-submarine warfare.
Defense also acquired four NH90s in Tactical Transport (TTH) version, painted green to distinguish them from the gray-painted NFH naval variants. The TTHs operate from Beauvechain air base, with within 18th Squadron.