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belgium Force Aérienne Belge

Belgian Air Force

Del'd: 8 - 2012 to present

  • Force Aérienne Belge NH90
  • Force Aérienne Belge NH90
A contract was signed in 2007 for 4 NFH and 4 TTH (plus 2 optional TTH) Kaaiman. Serials RN01/RN04 and RN05/RN08 respectively. The NFHs are built in Donauworth, Germany and the TTHs in Marignane, France. On March 2011, first trials were conducted on frigate BNS Leopold I. First aircraft, TTH RN05, was delivered December 21, 2012

On October 1st 2013, the second Belgian NH90TTH ( serial RN06 test reg F-ZWCD, c/n 1296) was flown at Marignane, France. The first Belgian NFH version, RN01, is also at Marignane for crew/personel conversion training. The second NFH, RN02, is expected to make its first flight at Donauwörth any day now, and is expected to be delivered to Koksijde Air base somewhere between November 2013 and February 2014. The 4 TTHs will be based at Beauvechain AB and the 4 NFHs will be based at Koksijde AB. Maintainance will be concentrated at Beauvechain.
All 4 TTHs (RN05 to RN08) will be operated by 18 Squadron MRH at Beauvechain, the unit current Agusta A109s will then be transfered to 17 Squadron. the 4 NFHs (RN01 to RN04) will be operated by 40 squadron at Koksijde.
Rhe second NH90TTH, RN-06 (TBEA02), was delivered to Beavechain on January 26, 2014. Also it was noted that the 3rd NH90-TTH (RN07, TBEA03) was undergoing test flights at Marignane by January 2014 (possible test registration F-ZWCW). It has also been reported that RN02 will make its first flight at Donauwörth somewhere in February, with delivery to the 40th Squadron in Koksijde around April/May 2014. RN01 is also expected to arrive in Belgium in that same timeframe.

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Belgian NH90 First SAR Mission, 28-Aug-15 : Belgium NH90 Kaaiman helicopter completed their first scramble rescue mission evacuating an ill cruise passenger in British waters

Belgian NH90 NFH Achieves IOC for SAR, 21-Aug-15 : Belgian 40th Squadron achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the NH90 NFH helicopter

NHI Celebrates Belgian NH90 IOC Capability, 17-Jun-15 : Paris Air Show 2015 NHI celebrated today the Initial Operational Capability of the Belgian NH90s in the NHI pavilion during Paris Air Show.

Belgian NH90 Achieved Initial Operational Capability, 14-May-15 : Belgian NH90 MTH ((Medium Transport Helicopter) assigned to 18 Squadron achieved their Initial Operational Capability (IOC)

Belgium takes delivery of last NH90 TTH, 14-Nov-14 : Belgium received the fourth and final NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH). Belgium has ordered four NH90 TTH for army transport missions and four NH90 NFHs for Navy missions.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
2013/now40 escadrille héli Koksijde / Coxyde
2013/now18 sq MRH Beauvechain

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    1040 NH90 NFH 2013     RN01: NBEN01 Force Aerienne Belge; 30sep11 at Donauwoerth, Germany
f/f 05apr13 98+51, d/d Aug13
Jan14 at Eurocopter France for technicians and initial pilot+
13sep14 pictured at Kleine Brogel
    1041 NH90 NFH     RN02: NBEN02 Force Aerienne Belge; 30sep11 at Donauwoerth, Germany
09may14 departure for delivery
09may14 delivery flight arrived Coxyde for 40 smaldeel
03aug14 pictured (pic1) at Koksijde
26jun15 pictured (pic2) at Semmerzake ATCC Open Door
19sep15 pictured (pic3) at Kleine Brogel
Eurocopter Germany 98+52: Eurocopter toward RN02
    1237 NH90 NFH     RN03: NBEN03 Force Aerienne Belge; Dec13 noted at Eurocopter Donau+
Dec14 operational at Koksijde
20may15 pictured at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
    NH90 NFH     RN04: NBEN04 Force Aerienne Belge; o/o
    1257 NH90 TTH 2012     RN05: TBEA01 f/f Sep12, test serial F-ZWBE
BAF d/d Dec12
21jul13 pictured (pic1) at Brussels for Belgium National Day
03oct13 at home base Beauvechain. c/n confirmed 1257
02oct13 d/d 1 Wing, 18 Sqn in beauvechain
20may15 pictured (pic2) at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
19jul15 pictured (pic3) at RIAT 2015, UK
Eurocopter France F-ZWBE: NHI/Eurocopter toward RN05
    1296 NH90 TTH     RN06: TBEA02, test serial F-ZWCD
30jan14 landing in Beauvechain wing
13sep14 pictured (top) at Kleine Brogel
20may15 pictured (bot) at Beauvechain during THPU 2015
    1297 NH90 TTH     RN07: TBEA03, test serial F-ZWCM
Apr14 undergoing flight testing in Marignane, France
13sep14 pictured at Kleine Brogel
    1305 NH90 TTH     RN08: TBEA04, test serial F-ZKBA
Dec14 delivered by Airbus Helicopters as the 200th NH90; Feb+
19sep15 pictured at Kleine Brogel
Airbus Helicopters France F-ZKBA: NHI/Airbus Helicopters; Jan14 at Marignane; Sep14 stil+
    8 C/N found in this Organisation

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