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NHIndustries NH90

NHI NH-90 NFH  N-110 860sq Netherlands - Navy

NHI NH-90 NFH N-110 860sq Netherlands – Navy

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium-sized, twin-engine, fly-by-wire, multi-role military helicopter. There are two main variants, the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for army use and the navalised NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH).

  • Role: Medium utility military helicopter
  • National origin: European
  • Manufacturer: NHIndustries, a collaborative company, which is owned by Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) and Fokker Aerostructures.
  • Assembly lines (FAL); Cascina Costa in Italy for AgustaWestland, Marignane in France and Donauwörth in Germany for Airbus Helicopters.
  • First flight: 18 December 1995
  • Introduction: 2007
  • Status: Active
  • Produced: 1995–present
  • Number built: 300 as of December 2016

Operators

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Spain
  • Sweden

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots (and possible sensor operator on NFH)
  • Capacity: 20 seated troops; or 12 medevac stretchers; or 2 NATO pallets; or 4,200 kg (9,260 lb) external slung load
  • Length: 16.13 m (52 ft 11 in)
  • Rotor diameter: 16.30 m (53 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 5.23 m (17 ft 2 in)
  • Empty weight: 6,400 kg (14,100 lb)
  • Useful load: 4,200 kg (9,260 lb)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 10,600 kg (23,370 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322-01/9 turboshaft, 1,662 kW (2,230 shp) or 2 × General Electric T700-T6E turboshaft, 1,577 kW (2,115 shp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 300 km/h (162 knots, 186 mph)
  • Range: 800 km (497 mi) TTH
    1,000 km (621 mi) NFH
  • Service ceiling: 6,000 m (20,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 8 m/s (1,574 ft/m)

Armament

  • Guns: 2x door gun
  • Missiles: anti-submarine and/or air to surface missiles (NFH version)