300th NH90 delivered
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.