300th NH90 de­liv­ered

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Leonardo- Fin­mec­ca­nica has been con­tracted to sup­ply six ad­di­tional AW139 in­ter­me­di­ate twin he­li­copters to the Ital­ian Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion Ser­vice ( Guardia di Fi­nanza), in­clud­ing in­te­grated lo­gis­tic sup­port and train­ing for pi­lots and tech­ni­cians. The con­tract, val­ued at around €90 mil­lion, will in­crease the Ital­ian fleet of AW139s to eight units. The AW139s will be op­er­ated for a range of mis­sions in­clud­ing mar­itime sur­veil­lance and pa­trol, mar­itime and moun­tain re­con­nais­sance, law en­force­ment and home­land se­cu­rity. The or­der also in­cludes op­tions for six ad­di­tional he­li­copters, al­low­ing the op­er­a­tor to take a fur­ther step to­wards re­place­ment of its age­ing AB412 fleet.

On 15 De­cem­ber 2016, NH In­dus­tries de­liv­ered the 300th NH90 pro­duc­tion he­li­copter, which was to the Span­ish Armed Forces. As­sem­bled at the Air­bus He­li­copters Span­ish fi­nal assem­bly line at Al­bacete, the air­craft will be op­er­ated by the Span­ish Army’s avi­a­tion branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). Till now, 515 NH90 he­li­copters have been or­dered by mil­i­tary op­er­a­tors in 13 coun­tries, and the global in-ser­vice fleet has logged over 120,000 op­er­a­tional flight hours with mis­sions in­clud­ing trans­port, spe­cial op­er­a­tions, med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion and com­bat search and res­cue, to naval mis­sions such as search and res­cue, and anti-sub­ma­rine (ASW) and anti-ship (ASuW) war­fare. The two ver­sions of the NH90 – TTH and NFH - are in ser­vice in Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Fin­land, France, Ger­many, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Nor­way, the Nether­lands, Oman, Spain and Swe­den.

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