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NH90

NH90

The NATO standard helicopter

The NH90 military helicopter is a modern, multi-role aircraft designed to meet the most stringent NATO standards. Developed in two versions – tactical troop transport (TTH) and NATO frigate helicopter (NFH) – the NH90 contains a unique, fully integrated mission system for operations in the most demanding conditions over land and sea, day and night.


Trusted and proven

Around 380 NH90s have been delivered to date to 18 customers in 13 countries, and have accumulated more than 200,000 flight hours.

Aircraft

Effective, modern and innovative

The NH90 – developed by Europe’s NHIndustries partnership (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters, and Fokker Aerostructures) – was designed to meet NATO’s requirement for a modern medium-sized multi-role military helicopter for both land and maritime operations.

The core vehicle for the tactical troop transport (TTH) and the NATO frigate helicopter (NFH) versions is a twin-engine aircraft incorporating innovative features such as an advanced mission flight aid and fly-by-wire control system with 4-axis autopilot, along with on-board monitoring and diagnostics systems.

Benefitting from a modern approach to materials, the NH90’s composite fuselage has fewer parts and a lower structural weight, resulting in 30% more endurance compared to a metallic fuselage, plus increased resistance to battle damage, among other benefits. The composite rotor blades have greater fatigue strength, damage tolerance and component lifetimes, as well as improved aerodynamic performance.

Versatile and compact, it is small enough to fit in the hangar of a NATO frigate, but with a cabin volume to accommodate 20 fully-equipped troops or a maritime mission system. Its wide modular cabin, large sliding doors on each side and a rear ramp make it the most accessible military helicopter available.

Operational Survivability

Detection avoidance: The NH90 features the lowest radar signature in its class thanks to its diamond-shaped, full composite airframe. In addition, infrared suppressor devices and vertical engine air intakes further contribute to lowering its acoustic and infrared signatures.

Self-protection: The helicopter’s advanced self-protection suite is composed of laser and radar warning receivers, a missile launch detection system and chaff/flare dispensers.

Survivability: The inherent redundancy of fly-by-wire controls (four segregated analogue / digital channels) greatly increases survivability if engaged by small arms fire. All systems and subsystems are redundant and segregated; armour plating is provided for both crew and troops.

The crashworthy composite structure, which prevents heavy components from breaching the cabin, combined with highly effective floatation gear, gives a best-in-class level of crew survivability.

Integration, commonality and maintainability

The NH90’s integrated avionics suite and glass cockpit facilitates intuitive interaction with helicopter systems, communications suite, flight, navigation and mission aids. This enables effective management of the cockpit environment for mission success and safety in all operating conditions.

Highly integrated workstations and the use of data fusion increase the speed, accuracy and quantity of data that can be processed and displayed on configurable screens.  This is vital for effective autonomous and joint operations in land and maritime environments.

Pilot workload is drastically reduced through the use of an optimised human-machine interface, permitting the NH90 NFH to fly naval warfare missions day and night with a crew of one pilot, one tactical coordinator in the cockpit, and one sensor operator at the cabin workstation. A configuration with two pilots and two tactical operators in the cabin is also possible.

As “a common  platform for  all missions” the NH90’s tactical troop transport (TTH) and NATO frigate helicopter (NFH) versions use common systems, facilitating parallel design and simplifying their logistics support footprint.

Having one core training system for pilots and maintenance technicians, along with a core maintenance and spares system, significantly reduces lifecycle costs.

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Missions

NFH version (NATO frigate helicopter)

The NH90’s NFH version is a ship-based compact maritime helicopter, one of the primary maritime weapon systems for any surface fleet. Operating from shore or warships in all flyable conditions, the helicopter is tailored for full capability in both anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface (ASuW) warfare. Search and rescue operations can be performed in either of these configurations.

Complementary roles at which NFH is extremely effective include maritime surveillance and control, airborne warning control, logistic transport and utility support, vertical replenishment (VertRep), casualty evacuation (CasEvac) and special operations (SpecOps / SOF) – including counter terrorism and anti-piracy.

The NH90 can be configured with anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and sonobuoys. It can be equipped simultaneously with both an anti-ship missile and a torpedo.

Advanced navigation and ship landing aids enable the helicopter to perform safe landings in day/night and adverse weather conditions, supplemented by a deck lock device for securing the touchdown in high sea states.

NFH has fulfilled missions along the East African Coast, in the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and northern waters. Its operational versatility and wide range of capabilities make it the most effective naval helicopter available today;  it is a true force multiplier and an essential asset for any operation.

TTH version (Tactical troop transport)

Combat-proven since 2010, the NH90 tactical troop transport (TTH) version has been successfully deployed to operations in Afghanistan, Mali, Iraq, and Gabon. Disaster relief missions have been carried out in the Philippines, Vanuatu, Timor, Fiji, the Caribbean, Italy and New Zealand.

Its wide modular cabin, large sliding doors on each side and rear ramp give it superb accessibility and the NH90 TTH can be rapidly re-configured between missions including troop transport with a 20-seat configuration, light vehicle transport, casualty evacuation (CasEvac) with 12 stretchers, cargo airlift with standard NATO pallets, armed tactical transport, as well as special operations (SpecOps / SOF) and Combat SAR.  In addition it is used in roles supporting civil missions such as disaster relief, medical evacuation (MedEvac), counter terrorism, VIP transport and many more.

Designed to operate independently, TTH it is able to self-ferry to an operational theatre, as achieved from France to Mali, and then operate from a forward base in a harsh combat environment, without a heavy support infrastructure for extended periods.

The aircraft is outstandingly agile in order to deal with the most testing operational conditions. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art mission system and there is an extensive list of role-tailored equipment options for the TTH to give an unrivalled level of versatile capability

Technical Data

Performance

Maximum cruise speed (at 10,000kg) 300 km/h
Maximum range (internal) 982 km
Ferry range (internal auxiliary fuel tanks) 1,600 km
Max. endurance with standard fuel tanks 5 hours
HOGE at MTOW ISA
** GE engines with Integrated Particle Separator (IPS)

2,600 m
HIGE at MTOW ISA
** GE engines with Integrated Particle Separator (IPS)

3,200 m

Dimensions

External dimentions (rotor turning) Length 19.56 m
Width 16.30 m
Height 5.31 m
Internal dimentions  Width 2.00
Length 4.80 m
Height 1.58 m
Volume 15.20m3

Characteristics

Empty weight 6,400 kg
Maximum gross weight 10,600 kg
Alternate gross weight 11,000 kg
Useful load 4,200 kg
Max. seating capacity Crew & pax 23
Sling capacity 4,000 kg
Engine 2 x RTM 322-01/9
2 x GE T700/6E1
Max. takeoff power (per engine) 1781 kW / 2,388 shp
1692 kW / 2,269 shp
Max. emergency power (O.E.I) 2,172 kW / 2,913 shp
2,095 kW / 2,809 shp
Fuel capacity Internal 2,035 kg
Internal aux tanks (each) 400 kg
External aux tanks (each) 292 kg or 500 kg

Performance

Maximum cruise speed (at 10,000kg) 162 kts
Maximum range (internal) 530 Nm
Ferry range (internal auxiliary fuel tanks 864 Nm
Max. endurance with standard fuel tanks 5 hours
HOGE at MTOW ISA
** GE engines with Integrated Particle Separator (IPS)
8,530 ft
HIGE at MTOW ISA
** GE engines with Integrated Particle Separator (IPS)
10,500 ft

Dimensions

External dimentions (rotor turning) Length 64.18 ft
Width 53.48 ft
Height 17.42 ft
External dimentions Width 6.56 ft
Length 15.75 ft
Height 5.18 ft
Volume 536,78 ft3

Characteristics

Empty weight 14,109 Ib
Maximum gross weight 23,369 Ib
Alternate gross weight 24,250 Ib
Useful load 9,260 lb
Max. seating capacity Crew & pax 23
Sling capacity 8,818 Ib
Engine 2 x RTM 322-01/9
2 x GE T700/6E1
Max. takeoff power (per engine)

1781 kW / 2,388 shp

1,692 kW / 2,269 shp

Max. emergency power (O.E.I)

2,172 kW / 2,913 shp

2,095 kW / 2,809 shp

Fuel capacity Internal 4,486 Ib
Internal aux tanks (each) 882 Ib
External aux tanks (each) 644 Ib or 1,102 Ib

Documents

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Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

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Did you know?
Total NH90s delivered
Around 380
Total flight hours More than 200,000

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