Sec­ond NH90 Sea Lion pro­to­type com­pletes maiden flight

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The sec­ond pro­to­type of the NH90 Sea Lion com­mis­sioned by the Fed­eral Of­fice of Bun­deswehr Equip­ment, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and In-Ser­vice Sup­port (Bun­de­samt für Aus­rüs­tung, In­for­ma­tions tech ni ku nd Nutzung der Bun­deswehr) lifted off from the Donau- wörth site for its maiden flight on Novem­ber 24, 2017.

Air­bus He­li­copters is now en­ter­ing a devel­op­ment test­ing phase of sev­eral months that will fo­cus on avion­ics and soft­ware. Ac­tiv­i­ties for the qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the de­liv­ery con­fig­u­ra­tion will start over the course of 2018 once ad­di­tional mod­i­fi­ca­tions have been made to the pro­to­type.

De­spite the very de­mand­ing timetable, the com­pany is con­vinced that de­liv­er­ies to the Ger­man Navy will start at the end of 2019. Fi­nal as­sem­bly of the first Sea Lion se­riespro­duc­tion air­craft also started re­cently; this will run in par­al­lel to the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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