NH90

The NH90 is the medium lift, multi-role military helicopter developed from NATO Staff Requirements; the result of an extensive European collaboration programme. 

 

Two main versions are available: the battlefield Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH), and the maritime NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH).

 

Featuring an advanced composite airframe, multi-redundant fly-by-wire controls, HIRF protection and high levels of survivability and crashworthiness, ballistic tolerant design, self-sealing tanks and advance self-protection suite, the NH-90 is designed for operation in the 21st Century battlespace.

 

The spacious unobstructed cabin features sliding doors and rear ramp to accommodate a comprehensive inventory of modular role equipment, providing flexibility for a number of applications.

 

An advanced, integrated avionic suite, advanced mission systems and data fusion increases the speed and accuracy of analyzed data; ASW / ASuW (NFH) mission systems enable autonomous and joint operations without role change. Comprehensive sensor, voice/data communications and weapons system with data fusion support decision making, maximising mission effectiveness.

 

Harpoon deck-lock, castoring nosewheel, automatic blade / tail fold and proven deck handling systems ensure safe ship-borne operations in day/night and adverse weather conditions.

 

Leading Features

MTOW: 11 tonne Class
Power Plant: (2000 KW class - dual channel FADEC)
Depending on NH90 variant                    2 x RTM322-01/9 or 2 x GE T700/T6E1
Enhanced performance in Hot/High        2 x RTM322-01/9A or 2 x GE CT7-8F5
Crew/Passengers: 2 with 20 troops

Technical Data

Weights

TTH Max Take Off

10600

kg

23369

lb

Max Alternate Gross Weight

11000

kg

24250

lb

Max Useful load

4200

 kg

9260

 lb

NFH Max Take Off

11000

 kg

24250

 lb

External Dimensions

Length (rotors turning)

19.56

m

64.18

ft

Overall height

5.31

m

17.42

ft

Main rotor diameter

16.30

m

53.48

ft

NH90 General Performance (Basic Aircraft)

Max cruise speed

300

km/h

162

kts

Economical cruise speed

260

km/h

140

kts

Max rate of climb

11.2

m/sec

2200

ft/min

Hover ceiling IGE

3200

m

10500

ft

Hover ceiling OGE

2600

m

8530

ft

Maximum range

982

km

530

nm

Maximum endurance

5 h

Ferry range (with internal aux fuel tanks)

1600

km

864

nm

NH90 Engines (2000 KW class - dual channel FADEC)

Depending on NH90 variant

2 x RTM322-01/9 or 2 x GE T700/T6E1

Enhanced Engine performance in Hot/High

2 x RTM322-01/9A or 2 x GE CT7-8F5

 

Equipment

  • Rear ramp
  • Cabin / ramp rolling device
  • Pilot adjustable crashworthy seats
  • Foldable & crashworthy troop seats
  • NATO standard stretchers
  • Cabin comfort seats
  • Soundproofing / upholstery
  • Cockpit Environmental Control System
  • Cargo hook (4000 kg) with dynameter and camera
  • Rescue hoist (single or dual) with 270 kg capability
  • Heavy store carriers (400 or 600 kg capability each)
  • Ice protection system
  • Internal / External auxiliary fuel tanks
  • Search light
  • Fast rope / rappelling system
  • Manual blade & tail folding (automatic in NFH)
  • Cabin armour protection (modular)
  • Pilot armoured seats with lateral protection
  • Infra-Red Suppressor system
  • Wire Strike Protection system
  • In Hover Flight Refueling System (HIFR) 

Avionics

  • Integrated Avionic Structure (Data Bus, Core Avionic and Mission System)
  • Fly-By-Wire control system with 4-axis autopilot
  • V/UHF/HF/Tactical Radios
  • Autonomous Navigation System (Inertial Reference System, GPS, Doppler Radar, Air Data System)
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System
  • Piloting FLIR system (TTH)
  • Helmet Mounted Sight and Display
  • Weather radar (TTH)
  • Digital Map Generator System
  • Emergency locator system
  • Personal locator system
  • Comprehensive protection suite including LWR, MLD, RWR and Chaff & Flares
  • Comprehensive naval systems on NFH: 360° Tactical Radar, Tactical FLIR, Dipping Sonar, Sonobuoys, ESM 

Armament

  • Internal pintle mounted machine gun (7.62 or 12.7 mm)
  • 20mm cannon in pod 

 

MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT USE

 

Maritime

The NH-90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant of the NH90 medium lift, multi-role military helicopter is developed to meet NATO Staff Requirements (NSR), providing a primary maritime weapon system.
 
Operating from surface vessels, NH-90 NFH provides maritime commanders with advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti Surface Warfare (ASuW), VERTREP, CASEVAC and Search and Rescue (SAR) capability.
 
The NFH integrated mission system and state-of-the-art man/machine interface provide the crew with clear and accurate mission information. Voice and data link communications enable autonomous or joint operations.
 
LEADING FEATURES

  • Advanced multi-role military helicopter with composite airframe, multi redundant fly-by-wire controls, HIRF protection and crashworthiness
  • NVG compatible glass cockpit; quadruplex Fly By Wire flight control system with AFCS
  • Integrated avionic suite, advanced mission system and data fusion to increase the speed and accuracy of analyzed data
  • NFH mission system enables autonomous and joint operations without role change; comprehensive sensor, voice and data communications and weapons system with data fusion support decision making
  • ASW mission system includes maritime radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Active Dipping Sonar (ADS), Sonobuoys and torpedoes
  • ASuW mission system includes maritime radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Electro Optic / Infra-Red (EO/IR) device and Anti-Ship Missiles (ASM)
  • Harpoon deck-lock, castoring nosewheel, automatic blade / tail fold and proven deck handling system ensure safe ship operations in day/night and adverse weather conditions

Land

The NH-90 Troop Transport Helicopter (TTH) variant of the NH90 medium lift, multi-role military helicopter is developed to meet NATO Staff Requirements (NSR), providing operational superiority from the base to the battlefield.
 
The versatile design and role fit features of the NH-90 TTH provide highest levels of utility capability to military operators. Able to self-ferry or be transported by ship or air, NH-90 TTH operates from forward bases in harsh combat environments, without heavy support infrastructure. The platform provides a number of utility roles including troop transport, logistics support, Casualty Evacuation/Medical Evacuation (CASEVAC/MEDEVAC) and Search and Rescue (SAR).
 
LEADING FEATURES

  • Advanced multi-role military helicopter with composite airframe, multi redundant fly-by-wire controls, HIRF protection and crashworthiness
  • NVG compatible glass cockpit; integrated avionics suite; quadruplex Fly By Wire flight control system with AFCS
  • Spacious unobstructed cabin featuring sliding doors and rear ramp and comprehensive inventory of modular role equipment provides flexibility for a multitude of applications
  • Extensive role equipment including up to 20 troop seats, stretchers, 4,000kg cargo hook, 270kg single or dual rescue hoist, fast rope / rappelling system, internal weapon mounts, external carriers, Electro Optic / Infra-Red (EO/IR) device, Helmet Mounted Display, and auxiliary fuel tanks
  • Inherent high levels of survivability and crashworthiness, ballistic tolerant design, self sealing tanks and armour protection
  • Advance self protection suite comprising Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), Laser Warning System (LWS), Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) and Countermeasures Dispensing System (CMDS)