Maiden Flight High-Cabin NH-90 for Swedish Armed Forces
21 Mar 2005
On 18 March 2005, the first production NH90 helicopter in the high cabin version for the Swedish Armed Forces made its first flight from Eurocopter's plant in Marignane, France. The satisfactory flight lasted for 55 minutes, flown by Eurocopter's flight test crew.
This NH90 is the fourth production example to fly, following the German, Finnish and Italian which performed their maiden flights in 2004.
Sweden has ordered a total of 18 NH90s, all high-cabin versions. 13 of the aircraft will perform troop tactical transport (TTT) and SAR, the remainder will be equipped for ASW missions.
The Swedish high cabin version of the NH90 increases the usable cabin height by 24 centimeters, from 1.58 meters in the standard version to 1.82 meters. The increased cabin height means that missions requiring on-board operations, such as SAR work, can be performed in a more comfortable environment.