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13 Aug 2007

First Flight NH90 Helicopter for the Royal Netherlands Navy

The first series produced NH90 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) for the Royal Netherlands Navy made its maiden flight on Friday 10th August at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate facility in Italy. The helicopter (NNLN001) took off at 14.45h and the flight duration was about 20 minutes.

The Dutch government ordered 20 NH90 naval helicopters for the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNN) in June 2000, with the first delivery scheduled for 2007. Assembly of NNLN001 started in May 2006. By this time the scheduled delivery date had slipped to April 2008. When in February 2007 concerns about the delay were expressed by the Dutch Ministry of Defense, NH Industries confirmed another delay of four to six months. Although NHI has taken steps to address the problems and increase production rates to overcome previous delays, deliveries to the RNN are not expected to commence until 2008.

Initially all 20 NH90 ordered would be NFH variants to replace the RNN fleet of 21 SH-14D Lynx helicopters, however in 2004 this was changed to 12 NFHs and eight Maritime Tactical Transport Helicopters (MTTHs). The transport variants will be operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) from Gilze-Rijen Air Base. Gilze-Rijen AB will become the air force's main helicopter base, combining all helicopter squadrons. Although the NFH variants will still be based at Naval Air Station De Kooy and operated under RNN command, it is planned all logistics support and maintenance will also take place at Gilze Rijen AB.


2019

21 February 2019 | RAF

Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff takes final Tornado flight over Scotland

Nearly 26 years after being introduced at RAF Lossiemouth, the iconic Tornado aircraft returned to Scottish skies for the last time this week.

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18 February 2019 | RAF

Britain to celebrate iconic Tornado during farewell flypast

With almost 40 years of Royal Air Force service coming to an end, the iconic Tornado jet is undertaking a series of finale flypasts around the UK.

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7 February 2019 | RAF

Red Arrows' North American displays revealed

A list of locations where people can see the Red Arrows display during a major tour of North America has been released.

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4 February 2019 | RAF

The end of an era: RAF Tornado returns from Operations for the last time

After almost 40 years serving the UK on military operations across the world, Tornado jets have returned home for the last time.

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24 January 2019 | RAF

Royal Air Force Commemorates Iconic Tornado Fast Jet

The Royal Air Force has released stunning images of a unique aircraft formation to celebrate forty years of service by the Tornado GR4 fast jet.

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7 January 2019 | IHS Jane's

Serbia resumes G-4 Super Galeb upgrade

Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told media on 29 December that work has resumed on the upgrade of the Soko G-4 Super Galeb single-engine advanced training and light attack aircraft. No further details were provided. In March 2018 the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) presented the G-4

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3 January 2019 | Flight Global

Modernised Tu-22M3M makes flight debut

Russia's first modernised Tupolev Tu-22M3M strategic bomber got airborne for the first time on 28 December 2018, completing a 37min sortie from the Kazan Aviation Plant.

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3 January 2019 | Boeing

Boeing to Modernize Entire Spanish Chinook Helicopter Fleet

Will remanufacture 17 CH-47D Chinooks to the CH-47F configuration for Spain’s Army

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2018

21 December 2018 | Flight Global

Leonardo flies first production-standard M-345

Leonardo has flown the production-standard version of its M-345 jet trainer, as it works towards service entry with the Italian air force in 2020.

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18 December 2018 | Flight Global

​Tokyo set to become second biggest F-35 operator

The Japanese cabinet has approved a plan to add an additional 105 Lockheed Martin F-35s to its planned fleet of 42 examples, potentially making it the world s second largest F-35 operator.

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