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An NH90 of the German Army
Role Medium transport/utility helicopter
Manufacturer NHIndustries
First flight 18 December 1995
Introduction 2007[1]
Status In service
Primary users French Army
Italian Army
Australian Defence Force
Finnish Army
Produced 1995–present
Number built 200 as of June 2014[2]
Unit cost
32.5 million[3] (~US$42m) (FY13) TTH
€36.4m[4] (~US$50m) (FY13) NFH support
€43.3m[4] (~US$59m) (FY13) NFH attack

The NHIndustries NH90 is a medium sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter. It was developed in response to NATO requirements for a battlefield helicopter which would also capable of being operated in naval environments. The NH90 developed and is manufactured by NHIndustries, which is wholly owned by Airbus Helicopters, AgustaWestland and Fokker Aerostructures. The first prototype conducted its maiden flight in December 1995; the type began to enter operational service with some customers in 2007. As of 2013, a total of thirteen nations have placed orders for the NH90.

The NH90 has the distinction of being the first production helicopter to feature fully fly by wire flight controls.[5] There are two main variants, the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for Army use and the navalised NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH); each customer typically has various alterations and customisations made to their own NH90 fleets, such as different weapons, sensors and cabin arrangements, to meet their own specific requirements. In early service, the NH90 has suffered several teething issues, which has in turn delayed active deployment of the type by some operators.

Design and development[edit]


In 1985, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom teamed to develop a NATO battlefield transport and anti-ship/anti-submarine helicopter for the 1990s. The United Kingdom left the team in 1987.[6] On 1 September 1992, NH Industries signed an NH90 design-and-development contract with NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency).[7] This agency represented the four participating nations: France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Portugal later joined the agency in June 2001. Design work on the helicopter started in 1993.[8] The first prototype, PT1, made the type's first flight on 18 December 1995.[6][8] The second prototype, PT2, first flew on 19 March 1997 and the third prototype, PT3, on 27 November 1998.[8]

The NH90 was developed into two main variants: the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH).[6] However, many of the customer countries have requested specific configurations, effectively customizing their particular NH90 fleet. During the development phrase of the programme in the 1990s, both technical and funding problems were experienced.[9] In June 2000, the partner nations placed a large production order for a total of 366 helicopters.[6] Additional orders have since followed from customers in Europe, Asia, and Australia.


Cockpit of an NH90 during a public display

The NH90 was initially intended to be produced at three exporting assembly lines; Cascina Costa in Italy for AgustaWestland, Marignane in France and Donauwörth in Germany for Airbus Helicopters. The Nordic and Australian contracts stipulated production locally (the Nordic ones at Patria in Finland and the Australian ones in Brisbane). Spain has a final assembly line at Albacete.[10][11] The programme ran into a 2-year production delay, and the first NH90s were delivered by late 2006. The type certification for the Finnish helicopters was finally approved on 19 February 2008.[12]

Major components are produced by each of the shareholding companies:

  • Airbus Helicopters France 31.25% (Engines, Rotors, the Electrical, flight control and the core avionics systems)
  • Airbus Helicopters Deutschland 31.25% (Forward and centre fuselage, the fuel, communications and avionics control systems)
  • Fokker 5.5% (Tail structure, doors, sponsons, landing gear and the intermediate gearbox)
  • AgustaWestland 32% (Rear fuselage, main gearbox, hydraulic system, automatic flight control and plant management systems, power plant and the NFH mission system)

Items built by the shareholding companies are then distributed to the six locations for assembly and flight test (Marignane, France; Tessera, Italy; Donauworth, Germany; Halli, Finland; and Brisbane, Australia).[13]

In late 2006, the German Army was the first customer to start receiving NH90s. In 2007, further deliveries of the helicopters were made to Australian, Italian, French, Finnish, and Swedish customers; the first navalised NH90s were also delivered during 2007 to the Italian and French navies.[14] The Royal Netherlands Navy accepted delivery of its first NH90 NFH in April 2010.[15] Norway started to receive their NH90s in November 2011.[16] New Zealand received its first two NH90s in December 2011.[17] The French Army took delivery of its first NH90 TTH in December 2011.[18] On 21 December 2012, the Belgian armed forces received the first helicopter, from an order of 8. In the same ceremony the French Navy received their first NH90 NFH in final operating capability.[19]

Concerns over performance[edit]

The lowered rear cargo ramp of a German Army NH90

In 2010, German newspaper Bild reported that German Army experts had concerns that the helicopter was not yet ready for the transportation of combat troops. They stated that the seats were only rated for 110 kg (240 lb), not considered enough for a fully-equipped soldier. Heavy infantry weapons could not be adequately secured and the cabin floor was prone to damage, citing an anecdote of damage caused by footwear. The helicopter could only land on firm ground, with obstacles not exceeding 16 cm (6.3 in). Troops carrying full equipment could not use the rear ramp due to limitations placed on it. Adding a door machine gun was not possible due to space taken by troop ingress and egress, there was also no provision for fast roping or paratroop equipment.[20] In response, the German Defense Ministry proclaimed that this article referred to a prototype, not to the production model; the specifications for which were not even finalised at the time. The prototype evaluation and its results were described as a normal procedure in an ongoing design process.[21]

In November 2011, the MRH90 program was placed on the Australian Department of Defence's list of "Projects of Concern".[22] As of January 2012, it remains on the list with the 15 MRH90s that have been delivered, cleared only for testing and initial training. The most serious problem identified by a diagnostic review and also the cause of the mid-2010 groundings,[23] is compressor blade rubbing caused by the bending of a spool in the Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 engine due to uneven cooling after shutdown. Other problems identified include failure of transmission oil cooler fans, windscreen cracking, an inertial navigation system that takes too long to align, and the weakness of the cabin floor to withstand the impacts of soldiers’ boots – a problem also encountered by the German military.[24]

NH90s deployed on ships have suffered from corrosion problems.[25]

Operational history[edit]


Australian MRH90

In 2005, Australia ordered 12 aircraft to replace their aging fleet of Army UH-1 Iroquois helicopters. The number was revised in June 2006 when the Australian Defence Force announced plans to replace its UH-60 Black Hawk and Westland Sea King helicopters.[26] Australia ordered 34 additional NH90s, taking their total order to 46; four to be manufactured in Europe, and 42 to be manufactured locally at Australian Aerospace (an Airbus Helicopters subsidiary) in Brisbane.[27] The Australian version is known as the MRH-90 Taipan, where 'MRH' stands for Multi Role Helicopter.[28][29][30] Six of the helicopters are operated by 808 Squadron of the Royal Australian Navy, which was reformed for the first time since its 1958 decommissioning in 2011, and recommissioned in 2013.[30][31] The other 40 are operated by the Australian Army.

On 20 April 2010, an Australian Defence Force MRH90 suffered an engine failure near Adelaide. Only one engine was affected and the helicopter was landed safely at RAAF Base Edinburgh. The manufacturer has sent personnel to Australia to investigate the failure.[32] On 18 May the ADF announced that all of the Australian MRH90 fleet were grounded due to engine issues since the April incident.[33] The cause of the failure was determined as the compressor blade contacting the engine casing. New inspections were added to prevent the problem, and flights resumed in July 2010.[34]

In June 2011, the NFH variant lost to the Sikorsky MH-60R in competition to replace the Royal Australian Navy S-70B Sea Hawks.[35]

In July 2014, the Australian National Audit Office released a report on the MRH90 fleet, citing a series of procurement errors and development deficiencies delaying final operational capability (FOC), originally planned for that month, until April 2019, nearly five years later than planned. Some nine years after the initial contract was signed, the models first delivered in 2007 had not validated any of the 11 set operational capability milestones, and forced redesigns including bolstered cabin floors and windscreens, rappelling hooks, and door gunner positions; obtaining spare parts and sustaining the helicopters has also been more costly. The Australian Army will be forced to operate its aging S-70A Black Hawk beyond their planned retirement date.[36]

Due to delays in the program, Australia will receive an additional helicopter, bringing the total to 47.[citation needed]


In 2007 Belgium signed on for an order of 10 aircraft, 4 TTH, 4 NFH and an option for 2 TTH.[37] In September 2012, NHI performed the first flight of the Belgium’s Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) The aircraft is similar to the French NH90 “Caiman” version.[38] In January 2013, eight NH90s were on firm order.[39] On 1 August 2013, Belgium received its first NH90 NFH at Full Operational Capability (FOC). Training of Belgium Navy flight and maintenance crews were to begin in September, with operations beginning in 2014.[40] Belgium's first NH90 troops transport entered service on 23 October 2013, with the last delivered on 13 November 2014. From first delivery until the last, three NH90s flew 34 hours a month for a total of 450 flight hours with a 67 percent availability rate, making Belgium one of the most intensive users of the helicopter. Two NH90 frigate versions for the navy had been delivered, with the final two to be delivered by early 2015 to replace their SH-3 Sea King helicopters.[41]


In October 2001 Finland signed a contract for 20 (TTH) NH90s for the Finnish Army. The aircraft are to replace their ageing fleet of Mi-8 helicopters.[42] NH Industries began deliveries to Finland in March 2008.[43]


The French government had initially ordered a total of 34 NH90 TTHs, for the ALAT and 27 NFH for the Navy.[44] Both versions will be named "Caïman" and final assembly will be carried out by Airbus Helicopters.[39][45] The French Army intended to buy 68 NH90 but budget cuts in the April 2013 defence review could have meant the cancellation of contract CA16-2 for the second batch of 34.[46] Under a deal called the "Bonn rebate" France gets a 12% discount on its 68 Army helicopters; a November 2012 Senate report put the price of the French TTH at €28.6M per unit after discount.[46] This price was set on the assumption of total orders of 605 aircraft by 2020, but only 529 have been ordered as of April 2013.[46] Any cut in the French order would have seen a reallocation of workshare, with the French Navy NFH90s likely being assembled in Italy and maintenance of the French TTH going to Fokker.[46] On 29 May 2013, France officially ordered the second batch of 34 NH90 TTH helicopters. The contract is estimated to be worth just under €1 billion.[47]

On 3 November 2014, the French Army Light Aviation deployed two of its NH90s to Mali.[48]


A German Army NH90 flight demonstration

The German Army has bought the troop transport variant but has expressed concerns about its suitability. The German Navy was considering procuring 30 NFH for their new Maritime Helicopter in 2009.[49] By January 2013, the German Army had ordered 80 aircraft.[39] In March 2013, Germany reduced its fleet of 122 to 82 with 18 to be converted to the NFH maritime variant for the German Navy, which was to place an order for the helicopters.[50] On 23 June 2013, German Army NH90s were declared operationally capable of medical evacuation operations.[51]

On 26 June 2013, the German defense committee declared that the order for 202 NH90 and Tiger helicopters would be reduced to 157. The Bundesrechnungshof still questions the purchase.[52]

Germany has had 4 NH90 TTH in Afghanistan since April 2013 to .[53]


In August 2003, Greece ordered 20 NH90s with an option for 14 more.[54] By April 2014, eight NH90 TTH aircraft had been delivered and three more were expected by the end of the year.[55]


Italian Army NH90; note the Minigun door gun

In June 2000 Italy signed on for a batch of 60 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for the Army, 46 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) and 10 TTH for the Navy.[56] By January 2013, 59 had been ordered for the Army, and 56 ordered for the Navy.[39]

Italy deployed 5 NH90 TTH in 2012 to Afghanistan.[57]


Dutch NFH

The Netherlands, is one of the original supporters of the programme, which has 20 units on order. 12 NFH for the Navy,[58] and 8 TNFH for the Air Force.[59][60] In 2009, concerns surfaced that design changes had made the helicopter too heavy to operate from Dutch frigates for which they were ordered. It is unclear what additional changes needed to be made to make them suitable for the Dutch primary role.[61] In 2010, the Royal Netherlands Navy became the first customer to receive the NFH variant,[62] and in 2013 they deployed the type onboard HNLMS De Ruyter (F804) to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden.[63] By January 2013, a total of 20 NH90s had been ordered.[39]

In June 2014, the Dutch government decided not to accept the last batch of 7 NH90s due to some 100 shortcomings found in relation to the design, manufacturing and material choice of the aircraft.[64] It was concluded that the shortcomings make the marine helicopters not suitable to be operated over salt water.[65] The Dutch government is seeking repairs and necessary adaptations at the cost of the manufacturer.[66]

The Royal Netherlands Navy deployed 1 NH90NFH to Somalia to support Operation Atalanta in Somalia.[67]

New Zealand[edit]

In July 2006, the New Zealand Government signed a contract to purchase eight NH90s (plus one extra for spares) to replace their Air Force's fleet of 13 UH-1 Iroquois. These eight aircraft[39] cost NZ$771 million (~€500M), of which "over a third" was for support,[68] implying each cost an average of €35M. The first two arrived in New Zealand in March 2012.[68]


In December 2011, the first Norwegian NH90 helicopter was delivered.[69] The following July an announcement by the Norwegian Deputy Defence Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen stated that "once our current Westland Lynx helicopters reach their end of life in 2014, we are going to have replacement helicopters on our naval vessels. If the NH90 hasn’t been delivered, we will purchase another helicopter." He also said that "considering that the aircraft were to be delivered by 2005, and that delivery is yet to start by 2012, our confidence in the producer isn't exactly on the rise"[70] On August 14, 2012 it was reported that the Royal Norwegian Air Force, would be recommending that the Department of Defence, contact Sikorsky, asking for an offer, in order to verify whether some of the versions of the H-60 Seahawk, specifically the MH-60R would be a viable alternative to the NH-90 in the Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role. Further reports quoted Lieutenant Colonel Per Egil Lindqvist, acting leader of the Development Staff at the RNoAF "We are still hoping for the NH90, and we hope that NHIndustries realize the gravity of the situation." They went on to quote Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide, saying "We still believe the marine version of the NH90 to be the optimal platform, and we hope to purchase it, but there are limits to our patience."[71] By January 2013, Norway had ordered a total of 14 NH90s.[39]


Oman ordered 20 TTH in 2004, their first aircraft flew in 2007 entering operational service in 2009.[72] The aircraft have an enhanced power plant ordered for tactical transport operations and search and rescue operations. Ten were delivered by 2012.[73] As of January 2013, 19 had been ordered.[39]


On 20 May 2005 the Council of Ministers authorised the acquisition of 45 NH-90s, but the contract was not signed until December 2006. The original budget was for €1,260 million (€28M/aircraft); by 2010 this had grown to €2,463M (€54.7M/~US$70M per aircraft).[74] As of June 2012 Spain was negotiating to cut their purchase to 37 aircraft.[75] As of January 2013, 38 were on order.[39]


The first Swedish HKP14, a High Cabin Version (HCV) of the NH90

In 2001, Sweden signed a contract for 18 helicopters, made up of 13 TTT/SAR and 5 ASW variants to be operated by the Swedish Air Force.[76][77] The NH90 is known as the Helikopter 14 (HKP14) in Swedish service, with the NFH designated HKB14B.[78] By January 2013, Sweden had ordered 18 NH90s with six helicopters delivered.[39] Sweden did not expect their NH90s to be operational until 2020 and ordered 15 UH-60M Black Hawks in 2011,[79] Sweden deployed four of their new Black Hawks to Afghanistan in March 2013.[80]

Cancelled orders[edit]


Portugal was the fifth nation to join the programme with an order for ten transport NH90 in June 2001, to equip the Portuguese Army Light Aviation Unit. In 2012, the financial crisis led Portugal to cancel the order despite having already spent €87m on the project, in order to save another €420m in acquisition and running costs to 2020.[81]

Saudi Arabia

In July 2006, the Saudi Government agreed to purchase 64 NH90s.[82] Then in October 2007 the government changed its plans, and agreed to buy 150 Russian-made Mi-35 and Mi-17 helicopters instead.[83]


NFH: NATO Frigate Helicopter[edit]

The primary role of the NFH version is autonomous anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface unit warfare (ASuW), mainly from naval ships. These aircraft are equipped for day and night, adverse weather and severe ship motion operations. Additional roles include anti-air warfare support, vertical replenishment (VERTREP), search and rescue (SAR) and troop transport. France are splitting their purchase between the "NFH version combat" costing €43.3m in FY2013 and the "NFH version soutien" (support) at €36.4m in FY2013.[4]

TTH: Tactical Transport Helicopter[edit]

Papua New Guinean troops seated combat laden in a New Zealand NH-90.

The primary role of the TTH version is the transport of 20 troops or more than 2,500 kg of cargo, heliborne operations and search & rescue. It can quickly be adapted to MEDEVAC/CASEVAC missions by fitting up to 12 stretchers or cargo delivery capability. Additional roles include medical evacuation (12 stretchers), special operations, electronic warfare, airborne command post, parachuting, VIP transport and flight training.

Sweden has bought the High Cabin Version (HCV) of both the TTH and NFH, in which the cabin height is increased by 24 cm (9.4 in) to 1.82 m (6.0 ft).[84] The Swedish aircraft have a Tactical Mission System developed by SAAB[84] and are designated HKP14. Finnish and Swedish TTHs are called Tactical Troop Transports (TTT) in some contexts.


Swedish military designation for NH90 TTH[85]
Swedish military designation for NH90 NFH
MRH-90 Taipan
Australian military designation for NH90 TTH[30]
Italian military designation from 2012 for NH90 NFH.[86]
Italian military designation from 2012 for NH90 TTH.[86]


Finnish NH90
New Zealand NH90
NH90 performing an external lift of a German Army Wolf vehicle
 New Zealand

Notable accidents and incidents[edit]

On 1 June 2008, a NH90 tactical transport helicopter struck the water and sank into Lake Bracciano, northwest of Rome, Italy. The helicopter was diving after completing a Fieseler Maneuver at the Lake Bracciano Air Show. Aircraft Commander Captain Filippo Fornassi was killed and co-pilot Captain Fabio Manzella was injured in the accident.[89] The helicopter was a hull-loss.[90][91]


NH90 orthographical image.svg

Data from International Directory[92]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 pilots (and possible sensor operator on NFH)
  • Capacity: 20 seated troops; or 12 medevac stretchers; or 2 NATO pallets; or 4,000 kg (8,818 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) each, or:
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T700-T6E turboshaft, 1,577 kW (2,115 shp) each



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

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era


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