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NHIndustries NH90

Lift typeRotary wing
Construction typeFactory-built
Control typePiloted
Engine typeTurboshaft
ApplicationMilitary Transport, Search & Rescue, Utility
Final assembly Marseille/Provence
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Multirole medium helicopter manufactured by NHIndustries, a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo Helicopters and Fokker Aerostructures.

The fuselage is manufactured entirely from composites. 4 composite main rotor blades have multibox structure and glass and carbon fibre skin with a titanium hub. The diamond shaped fuselage has sliding doors on either side and ramp at rear. Twin turboshaft engines power the rotorcraft.

Crew of three (one pilot and one tactical coordinator in cockpit and one sensor operator in cabin) face five square flat panel LCDs in glass cockpit and up to three in avionics station in cabin. Each pilot has a helmet mounted sight display and night vision goggles. NH90 is the world’s first helicopter to feature fly-by-wire controls. These advanced quadruplex fly-by-wire controls are integrated with a four-axis autopilot, communication, mission and navigation systems.

Type variants

Variant Launch/First flight Production end  
NHIndustries NH90 NFH 1996 / 1995 Naval variant, NFH: NATO Frigate Helicopter.
NHIndustries NH90 TTH 1996 / 1995 Land-base army/air force variant, TTH: Tactical Transport Helicopter.

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