Statement from the Ministry of Defence
(Source: French Ministry of Defence; issued Jan. 8, 2008)
(Issued in French only; unofficial translation by defense-aerospace.com)
With this latest order, the French Army has now contracted for 34 NH90 TTHs, with deliveries due to begin in 2011. Seen here is an Italian Army aircraft. (NHI photo)
The Minister of Defence, Hervé Morin, announced this morning before the Senate’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces committee that an order, valued at almost 600 million euros including VAT, was awarded in late December for a batch of 22 NH90 helicopters for the Army.

This acquisition, made by defence procurement agency DGA (Délégation générale pour l’armement) is additional to an initial order for 12 helicopters awarded in 2007, and brings to 34 the number of NH90s on order for the Army. The contracting agency is NAHEMA, the NATOP Helicopter Management Agency, which is in charge of the program, and the industrial prime contractor is the NH Industries consortium (Eurocopter 62.5%, AgustaWestland 32% and Stork Fokker 5.5%).

This order conforms to plans set out in the multiyear defence program law submitted to Parliament. The Minister of Defence noted that the army version of the NH90 (designated TTH, for tactical transport helicopter—Ed.) is the main component of the renewal of the airmobile transport capabilities, which ultimately make up for the current shortfall in intra-theater airmobility assets.

The NH90 is a 10-tonne helicopter developed to renew current tactical transport and anti-submarine helicopters. The program was launched jointly by four countries, France, Germany, Netherlands and Italy; Belgium and Portugal have since joined the program.

The NH90 has also been ordered by Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, the Sultanate of Oman, Australia, New Zealand and Spain. This latest French order brings the number of firm orders to 529 helicopters.

The aircraft intended for French forces will be produced at Eurocopter’s facility in Marignane, southern France. (ends)



France Orders 22 NH90 TTH for its Army Aviation
(Source: NH Industries; issued Jan. 8, 2009)
AIX EN PROVENCE, France --- The French DGA (Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) has ordered on December 23rd 22 additional NH90 TTH helicopters for the French Army Aviation (ALAT).

This order has been notified by NAHEMA, the NATO Helicopter Management Agency acting on behalf of the French DGA, to NHIndustries and is part of the framework contract related to the global procurement of 68 NH90 TTH, among which 12 have already been ordered, which was signed in November 2007.

The French NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant is a helicopter of 10-ton class primarily configured to perform tactical transport missions in all environments by day and night.

The NH90 TTH flexibility allows its users to perform additional missions such as internal/external load transport, heliborne operations, Search And Rescue, casualties evacuation and training missions.

The NH90 TTH is the most modern helicopter of its class available on the market. It features a high level of system integration built around a dual bus Core Avionic System, full glass cockpit with multifunction displays, Fly-by-wire controls with 4-axis Automatic Flight Control.

The dedicated Mission System includes among others: Piloting Forward Looking Infrared system, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display, Electronic Warfare System, Tactical Control and Tactical Communication System, Weather Radar, Digital Map Generator and an on-board Monitoring and Diagnostic System. It features a fully composite crashworthy fuselage fitted with a rear ramp which allows the transport of a light tactical vehicle. The two Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 modern engines provide power reserve in all environments. The NH90 helicopter has provision for a number of role equipment to enable mission flexibility and effectiveness coupled with a high level of safety and survivability.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter program is managed 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 529 units for 19 Armed Forces of 14 Nations: France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. (ends)
Eurocopter Welcomes New Order for 22 NH90TTH Helicopters from the French Army
(Source: Eurocopter; issued January 8, 2009)
The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has ordered a further 22 NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) helicopters for the French Army Aviation on the 23rd of December from NHIndustries consortium.

With this second batch, after the initial 12 aircraft ordered in November 2007, there are now 34 NH 90 TTH to be delivered to the French Army from 2011 onwards. All the NH90 TTH for France will be manufactured at Eurocopter’s site in Marignane.

Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter commented: “With this new contract, the French Army confirms that the NH90 TTH is fully answering its operational requirements. In addition to the 27 NH90 NFH ordered in 2000 for the Navy, the French Armed Forces clearly demonstrate, with 61 firm orders, their confidence in the programme.”

This new contract brings the total number of NH90 orders to 529 helicopters from 14 countries worldwide. The NH90 is the biggest military helicopter programme ever launched in Europe and also the most complex, with 23 different variants being produced. With 5 assembly lines now operational in France, Germany, Italy, Finland and Australia, the production of the NH90 is progressing well. To date, 25 NH90 helicopters have been delivered to customers and another fifty are under construction.

The NH90 is a helicopter in the 9-10 metric ton class intended to modernise and boost the capability of the tactical transport and anti-submarine combat fleets. It is a fly-by-wire and all-composite construction helicopter with the highest crash-worthiness-standards. Equipped with a large cabin, a rear ramp, weather radar and forward looking infra red, the NH90 helicopter is capable of carrying two pilots, two loadmasters and 18 combat troops up to 900km at speeds of up to 300km/h.

* NHI is the NH90 programme joint venture established between Eurocopter, Agusta Westland and Stork Fokker.

Eurocopter 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 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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