2007-06-24 - NH90 for SwedenSweden gets its first NH90 as Germany orders more
NH90 an Schweden übergeben / Neue Bestellung aus Deutschland<br /> Germany has signed a formal order for 42 additional NH90 helicopters. 30 of these helicopters will be operated by the German Army Aviation and 12 by the German Air Force.
These aircraft are in addition to the initial batch of 80 NH90 ordered in June 2000. The ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Cercle Militaire Saint-Augustin in Paris, during Paris Air Show 2007.
The German Army is the first customer to have taken delivery of NH90 in December 2006 and further deliveries in May 2007. The aircraft identified under the Industry designation TGEA02, TGEA03 and TGEA04 are used for flight training at the German Army Air Corps Weapons School in Bückeburg, while serial number TGEA05 is dedicated as a ground trainer at the Army base in Fassberg.
The additional 30 NH90 for the Army Aviation will keep the variant features and characteristics of the 50 TTH previously ordered. The 12 for the Air Force will feature the Rear Ramp, provisions for armor protection and machine gun, in the frame of the harmonization process among the Air Force variant; following this additional order, the total NH90 for German Air Force will amount to 42.
Meanwhile, NHIndustries and its consortium partners, Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Stork Fokker, handed over the first NH90 to the Swedish Air Force on June 20 at 11:00 in its Static Display. Accepting the aircraft on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Defence was Brigadier General Arne Heden, Director of Air and Space of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration.
Sweden is the launch customer of the High Cabin Version (HCV) of the NH90 which features an increased usable cabin height by 24 centimeters, from 1.58 meters in the standard version to 1.82 meters. This variant allows operators and passengers to stand upright in the cabin. Sweden had signed the contract for 25 NH90 in September 2001, covering 18 firm orders for 13 TTT / SAR helicopters and five ASW variants, plus seven options.