The Royal Netherlands first NH90 prototype
(NNLN001) makes it's maiden flight at
AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility, Italy.
8/20/07 - Aix-en-Provence - NHIndustries on behalf of
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, announces that
the first serial production NH90 for the Royal
Netherlands Navy performed it's maiden flight on
Friday 10th August at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate
facility in Italy.
The helicopter (NNLN001) took off at 14.45 h and the
flight duration was of about 20 minutes. In flight
preliminary checks fulfilled all expectations.
Operational Representatives of the Dutch Customer
joined the event.
In the frame of the NH90 Programme work-share,
AgustaWestland is responsible of the overall
integration of the NH90 naval mission system for all
NH90 naval variants (NFH: NATO Frigate Helicopter).
The NH90 NFH variant is primarily designed for
autonomous Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti
Surface Warfare (ASuW) missions. The intrinsic
characteristics and comprehensive mission equipment
packages allow an unequalled range of additional
operations: Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime patrol,
vertical replenishment, troop transport, medical
services and “Utility” roles. The helicopter is
designed for day & night/adverse weather/severe
ship motion environment operations. Due to its weight
and dimensions, the deck-lock system, the deck
traversing system and the automatic blade and tail
folding system, it can operate from/to small Frigates.
The NH90 modern platform and system technology will
provide real operational advantages for the next 30
years with significant growth potential capabilities.
The Royal Netherlands Navy has ordered a total of 20
NH90-NFH. Final Assembly of the Dutch helicopters is
underway at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility which
is responsible also for the assembly of the NFH
variant for Italian and Norwegian Navies as well as
for the assembly of the TTH variant for Italian Army.
The NH90 firm orders today have reached 495 units
plus 60 contractual options and more than 98
“selections” (for which the definition of the detailed
specification are on-going with the Customers) The
NH90 is going 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
Defences for additional NH90, both in the Tactical
Transport and Naval versions.
NHIndustries consider this event an important
achievement both for the Royal Netherlands Navy
helicopters and for the overall NH90 naval Programme.
Source: NH Industries press Release by D. Simon