NH Industries NH90

NH Industries NH90

The NH90 is a medium sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter originally envisioned in 1985 but suffering from both technical and funding problems for more than a decade. The programme was only relaunched in July 2000 when a major order was made by the partner countries.

Developed for NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency, part of NSPA) in two main variants: the Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) It has been ordered since then by 9 other nations with deliveries beginning in 2006.

NH90 are manufactured in Venice Tessera (Italy), Marignane (France) and Donauwörth (Germany) whilst local aircraft are also assembled in Patria (Finland), Brisbane (Australia) and Albacete (Spain).

The NH90 can be powered by 2 RTM322-01/9 or 2 GE T700-T6E engines according the customer choice.

First combat deployment took place in August 2012 with Italian Army TTHs in Afghanistan and an embarked Dutch NFH was deployed off Somalia next January.

As of January 2013, 529 NH90s have been ordered by 13 nations (plus Portugal which cancelled the order) with 133 already delivered. Together they have logged more than 31,000 flight hours.

In November 2014, French Army NH90 were deployed to Mali, followed by the Germans in 2017 and Belgians in 2018.

As of April 2016, the 270 NH90s in use achieved 100,000 flight hours.

300th aircraft delivered in December 15, 2016 to Spanish Army.

As of March 2018, 543 NH90 have been ordered with 350 delivered which completed 175,000 flight hours.

As of October 2019, 399 NH90 are operational and completed over 230,000 flying hours.

As of April 2020, more than 560 aircraft have been contracted.

As of April 2021, 444 helicopters were delivered to 13 countries.

The 500th NH90 was delivered to the French Army on March 17, 2023.

Specifications NH90

Engine 2 x RR RTM322 2200 shp
Capacity 2 + 20
Length (m) 16.13
Height (m) 5.23
Blades 4
Rotor diam. (m) 16.3
Disc area (m2)
Weight (kgs) Empty: 6400     Max: 10600
Speed (km/h)     Max: 300
Range (km) 800
Ceiling (m) 6000
Rate/Climb (m/min) 480

  Derivatives & Versions of NH90


2006 The TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) is the basic variant of the NH90 equipped to transport 20 troops or 2500 kgs of cargo for standard helib ...
MRH90 Taipan

2007 The NH90 was selected by the Australian armed forces in 2005 as the MRH90 (Multi Role Helicopter). Initial orders covered 42 aircraft which reach ...

2007 The NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) variant is an autonomous antisubmarine (ASW) and antisurface warfare (ASuW) aircraft operating mainly from nava ...
NH90 NTH Sea Lion

2018 German Navy variant of NFH codenamed NGEN for SAR and ship based transport (VERTREP and Special Forces) to replace the Sea King

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