|NH Industries NH-90|
The next generation NATO medium-lift helicopter, designated the NH90, will be a joint Eurocopter (France/Germany) and Agusta (Italy) venture. In the 8000/9000kg class, the NH90 will be developed and qualified in both a Naval and Army variant and be powered by RTM322 engines. A rear ramp option will be available for the Army variant. Designated as the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) and NHF for the NATO Frigate Helicopter, the NH90 will have fly-by-wire controls and be capable of all-weather operations either on land or at sea. In the tactical version it will carry 20 fully-equipped troops or 2500kg of cargo. In the NHF version it will undertake multimaritime roles including the ASW or anti-surface vessel role and be capable of carrying up to 700kg of missiles. It will carry a full range of mission equipment to fulfil either the naval or tactical transport roles of the 21st Century.
P.Allen "The Helicopter", 1996
- Five European nations signed the memorandum in 1985 allowing the development of the NH 90.
- Two main versions (transport and naval) of the NH 90 are being developed.
- The naval version of the helicopter will be equipped with a search radar.
- The work is being shared by Eurocopter France (43%), Agusta (26%), Eurocopter Germany (24%) and Fokker (7%).