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The most advanced multi-role helicopter in Europe – NHIndustries NH90

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NH90 has been part of NATO’s program to build the most advanced European helicopters to replace UH-1, Puma/Cougar, Lynx, and Sea King helicopters. The helicopter was “conceived” in 1986 with the participation of France, England, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. NH90 has variants for tactical transport, paratrooper drop and anti-submarine ωɑɾʄɑɾε, surveillance and rescue operations. NH90 can be used on frigates or aircraft carriers.

NH90 is made mostly of composite materials, very flexible, easy to control, easy to maintain and low operating costs. Thanks to such features, the NH90 can operate day and night, in all weather and operational conditions. The NH90 cockpit is specially designed to protect the crew of 3 (including pilots, officers controlling ωεɑρσռs systems and technicians) in case the enemy uses ωεɑρσռs of mass destruction, biochemical ωεɑρσռs. The hull has a convex shape and is made of composite material. The helicopter’s four-blade rotor is covered in fine steel made of titanium alloy which is capable of bearing and resisting 12.7 mm bullets.

The helicopter is powered by two General Electric T700-T6E turboshaft engines delivering 2,229 horsepower each. NH90 carries 2,500 kg of fuel allowing the helicopter to operate for a long time in the air. NH90 is equipped with a built-in air-to-air, air-to-ground communication and location system. The friend or foe Identification System TSC 2000 IFF provided by Thales. In addition to the crew, the helicopter could carry an additional 20 people.

The program to build the new helicopter was planned in 1985 with the participation of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The NH90 was developed in response to NATO requirements for a battlefield helicopter which would also be capable of being operated in naval environments. It was developed and is manufactured by NHIndustries, a collaborative company, which is owned by Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker Aerostructures. The first prototype conducted its maiden flight in December 1995; the type first entered operational service in 2007. As of July 2019, the NH90 has logged 185,000 flight hours in the armed forces of thirteen nations.