First flight of the Navy NH90 Caiman with MU90 tor­pedo


Anew mile­stone has been reached in the frame­work of the op­er­a­tional in­tro­duc­tion of the NH90 Cay­man Step B into the French Navy: the first flighttest with an MU90 train­ing tor­pedo.

This flight was car­ried out on Septem­ber 5 by the NH90 de­tach­ment CEPA/10S, and marks the be­gin­ning of the tech­ni­cal and op­er­a­tional eval­u­a­tion of this new ca­pa­bil­ity, from land bases and from frigates at sea. Full sys­tem qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the man­u­fac­turer is sched­uled for midNovem­ber, al­low­ing the CEPA/10S to fi­nalise this as­sess­ment by fir­ing a real tor­pedo by the end of the year.

The MU90 is a light­weight tor­pedo [1] for en­gag­ing the most pow­er­ful nu­clear and con­ven­tional sub­marines, whether in deep wa­ter or near the coast. It can also be launched by F70 anti-sub­ma­rine frigates, multi-mis­sion frigates (FREMM), Hori­zon frigates, At­lantic 2 (ATL2) mar­itime pa­trol air­craft, Lynx he­li­copters and now the NH90 Cay­man Ma­rine.

The Cay­man is a ship­board naval he­li­copter whose pri­mary mis­sion is to con­duct anti-sub­ma­rine and anti-sur­face war­fare mis­sions from the Aquitaine class frigates (FREMM) and Forbin (FDA). It can also con­duct mar­itime mis­sions against ter­ror­ism, and sup­port of a naval and mar­itime res­cue.

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