Airbus Tests NH90 Special Forces Variant As NH Industries Launches Block 1 Upgrade | Aviation

The two programs are part of the NH90 evolution roadmap and constitute a major upgrade in terms of capabilities for the European helicopter.

Airbus announced the beginning of the flight test campaign of NH90 Special Operations Forces prototype, currently being developed specifically for the Aviation légère de l’Armée de Terre (French Army Aviation). The news was announced during the recent Eurosatory 2024 exhibition, few days after the signing of the contract for the development of the Block 1 upgrade for all helicopters currently in service.

The NH90 is currently the largest military helicopter programme in Europe. Available in two main variants, one specified for naval operations, the NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter), and the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for land-based operations, the NH90 is manufactured by NHIndustries, which is the largest rotorcraft Joint Venture in European history owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), Leonardo (32%) and GKN Fokker (5.5%).

Overall, around 490 NH90 helicopters, a mixture of both variants, are in service worldwide, although some of its operators decided to terminate operations with the type earlier than planned due to multiple problems. The new upgrades, however, appears to be only for some of the remaining operators.

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