Airbus details that the NH90 is a ‘multi-role aircraft designed to meet the most stringent NATO standards’. It has been developed in two versions – tactical troop transport (TTH) and NATO frigate helicopter (NFH) – and contains a unique, fully integrated mission system for operations in the ‘most demanding conditions over land and sea, day and night’.
Tests on the NH90 covered operations using a hoist, checking navy reconnaissance capabilities and dropping off commandos and Special Forces equipment, including an inflatable boat. Representatives of the navy and the procurement agency BAAINBw participated in the tests.
The delivery of the first Sea Lion helicopters is scheduled for the end of 2019. A total of 18 are on order.