Air­bus He­li­copters de­liv­ers 15th NH90 NFH to France


Air­bus He­li­copters, the French De­fence pro­cure­ment agency (DGA – Di­rec­tion générale de l’arme­ment) and the French Navy marked the han­dover of the 15th NH90 NFH multi-mis­sion naval he­li­copter, the first to be de­liv­ered in the fi­nal radar con­fig­u­ra­tion (FRC), dur­ing a cer­e­mony held in the fa­cil­i­ties in Marig­nane.

The DGA or­dered 27 NH90 NFH from NHIn­dus­tries in two dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions for the French Navy. To date 15 air­craft have been de­liv­ered and the French Navy de­clared an op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity in the anti-sub­ma­rine op­er­a­tional role on De­cem­ber 5, 2014, com­pleted on March 3, 2015, by the opera- tional ca­pa­bil­ity of the MU90 tor­pedo.

The naval ver­sion of the NH90 is de­signed to per­form a wide range of mis­sions from an­ti­sub­ma­rine, to anti-sur­face war­fare, search and res­cue, mar­itime sur­veil­lance and con­trol and spe­cial oper­a­tions in­clud­ing counter-ter­ror­ism and anti-piracy. The NH90 in its fi­nal radar con­fig­u­ra­tion in­cludes also an ad­vanced sonar pro­vid­ing the Navy with im­proved sub­ma­rine de­tec­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, as well as a new sys­tem for the Dig­i­tal Map Gen­er­a­tor (DMG) fa­cil­i­tat­ing mis­sion prepa­ra­tion and ex­e­cu­tion.

The NH90’s four-axis au­topi­lot and the flyby-wire con­trols con­trib­ute to safety and max­i­mum flight per­for­mance in se­vere op­er­at­ing con­di­tions. The NH90 is the first se­rial he­li­copter in the world to be equipped with fly-by-wire tech­nolo­gies, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing pi­lot work­load and al­low­ing for this state-of-the-art he­li­copter to be pi­loted with ease.

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