of the MH 90 reaches back until 1981, when NATO asked for a new design
of a standard NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH). Moreover solutions for
a Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) were sought on a national basis.
Cost reduction meant, taht NATO asked for a standard helicopter to
be developed, which was to be the basis of the future Army and Navy
helicopters. These helicopters should have a max. take-off wheight
of 9000kg and were designated as NH 90.
A setback for the programme was the retreat of Westland helicopters
in 1987, as Great Britain decided to build her own EH101 Merlin helicopter.
The remaining partner countries are:
France with a share of 35%
intends to purchase a total 164 NH 90 helicopters. 114 of these are
TTH bound for the Luftwaffe and 50 NFH - meanwhile also known as MH
90 (Marine Hubschrauber 90) for the German Navy.
march 1992 NHIndustries was founded as manufacturer of the helicopter.
Involeved in the project are : Fokker, Agusta, Eurocopter Germany
and Eurocopter France.
Preliminary designs were finished by 1993 and the first prototype
had it's roll-out on 29th september 1995. Maiden flight of PT 1 took
place on 18th december 1995. The second prototype, PT 2, took to the
skies on 2nd july 1997.
PT 1 was re-equipped with T700 engines at Agusta and first flown on
13th march 1998.
for the prototypes are as follows:
Eurocopter (France) : Prototypes PT1, PT2 and
PT3 representing the "common" helicopters
Eurocopter (Germany) : Prototype PT 4, representing the TTH version
: Prototype PT 5, representing the NFH version, and the Ground test
German Navy plans to replace both Sealynx and Seaking helicopter types
with the NFH from around 2007 onwards.
pictures taken from: NHIndustries Internetsite)
|max. Takeoff Weight: 9100kg
: 700+ km
|Rolls-Royce/MTU RTM 322-01/02
or General Electric GE-CT7-6
: approx. 3100kW