16 Jul 2005
The NH90 serial production is rapidly progressing today with more than 40 NH90 on assembly lines in France, Germany, Italy and Finland. Currently a total of 357 helicopters have been ordered plus options for 86 and order for 45 more are expected. 17 armed forces of 13 countries selected the medium helicopter as its next tactical transport, medevac or naval helicopters.
On 13 July 2005, the first NH90 destined for the Greek army made its maiden flight from the Eurocopter Marignane facility. It is the sixth serial production aircraft to fly, following NH90s for Germany, Finland, Italy and Sweden. On 23 August 2003, Greece placed an order for total of 16 NH90 Tactical Transport and 4 NH90 Special Operation variants for its Special Forces, with options for 12 more Tactical Transports and 2 more Special Operation. Delivery will have commenced by late 2005 and be ultimately completed in 2010 (including options).
Another first on 13 July 2005, was the maiden flight of the first NH90 assembled by Patria Aviation, see photo. The Finnish company Patria is subcontracted by Eurcopter to assemble 50 NH90s using modules and components supplied by NH Industries partners: Eurocopter (France/Germany), Agusta (Italy) and Fokker Stork (the Netherlands).
Earlier, we also reported NH90 contracts by Australia and Spain, maiden flights of the first Swedish high cabin version and the first Italian Army example. See the News Archive.