NH90 for BelgiumBelgium orders NH90s at last
Neuer Auftrag für NATO-Hubschrauber<br /> The Belgian government has decided, during a Council of Ministers, to procure 10 NH90 helicopters, consisting of 8 firm orders (4 TTH and 4 NFH) plus 2 optional aircraft.
This is the confirmation of the strong interest shown by Belgium towards the NH90 since the very early stages of the Programme, when Belgium was involved with the first design studies launch by NATO.
Belgium is now the 14th country ordering the NH90 and the 2nd country, after Portugal in 2001, to join the international programme organisation, NAHEMO, which was initially formed in order to gather the National Armament Directors of the 4 countries which have instigated the NH90 Programme; i.e. France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands joined by Portugal in 2001.
The Belgian industry will benefit from to the procurement of NH90 helicopters through an extensive industrial cooperation programme. With 4 NFH and 4 TTH, the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue, Naval and Tactical Transport capabilities.
Meanwhile, development of Australia's defence industry engineering and maintenance support skills capability received a boost with the official commencement of the MRH90 (Australian variant of the NH90) production in Queensland. The Final Assembly Line (FAL) at Eurocopter subsidiary Australian Aerospace's Brisbane Airport complex will be used to turn out the fleet of new, large and fast, troop-carrying MRH90 helicopters ordered by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Minister for Defence, Dr. Brendan Nelson, formally declared the FAL operational, and work began on final assembly of the first of 42 MRH90s which will come off the line at the Brisbane complex. An additional four aircraft are being manufactured at Eurocopter in Marignane (France).