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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.


2018

12 September 2018 | Defense-Aerospace

Wildcat Makes First Landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A Wildcat helicopter has landed on board HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. The aircraft carrier will shortly be at sea off the coast of the United States, having arrived in Florida last week, to conduct flight trials. The ship will be joined by HMS Monmouth during the trials, the Type 23...

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12 September 2018 | Flight Global

Spain plans to take more NH90 helicopters

Spain's government has given approval for the acquisition of an additional 23 NH Industries NH90 troop transport helicopters.

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11 September 2018 | Defense-Aerospace

Russia Delivers Four Su-30SM to Operational Squadrons in Kursk

It is reported that four Su-30SM jet fighters have entered the service with an air regiment stationed in Kursk region, Western Military District. Pilots received four 4++ generation jet fighters at the Irkut Plant and made a flight from the airfield to home station. In 2017, the first squadron...

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10 September 2018 | Flight Global

​Japan cleared to buy nine additional E-2Ds

The US government has cleared Tokyo to obtain nine additional Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft.

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10 September 2018 | Boeing

Boeing Awarded $2.9 Billion for Fourth KC-46A Tanker Production Lot

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 10, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fourth production lot, Boeing now is on contract for 52 KC-46 tankers. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in August 2016. The third lot, for 15 aircraft, was awarded in January 2017.

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10 September 2018 | USAF

Moody A-10 engine maintainers make history

For the first time, Moody’s 23rd Maintenance Squadron’s propulsion flight accomplished an unprecedented feat by ensuring every TF34 engine in their fleet is repaired to serviceable status.

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10 September 2018 | Flight Global

AVIC rolls out first FTC-2000G light fighter

AVIC has rolled out the first FTC-2000G, a light combat variant of its FTC-2000 trainer.

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7 September 2018 | Flight Global

India's Tejas clears in-flight refuelling hurdle

India s long-delayed Tejas programme has successfully demonstrated the ability of a specially modified Mk1 example of the fighter to undergo air-to-air refuelling behind an Ilyushin Il-78MKI tanker.

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6 September 2018 | Combat Aircraft

F-35Bs join Middle East operations

US Marine Corps F-35Bs of VMFA-211 ‘Avengers’, embarked with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) are operating with US Central Command for the first time. The USS Essex is now in…Read more ›

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4 September 2018 | NATO News

Italy takes up NATO air patrols over Iceland

Four Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon jets have arrived at Iceland’s Keflavik Air Base, and from today (4 September 2018) they will help ensure the safety of Iceland’s airspace. Over the next few weeks, the Italian pilots will provide intercept capabilities and train together with the Icelandic Coast Guard and the NATO Control and Reporting Centre. The Italian jets will complement the air surveillance which Iceland executes with its four remote radar and communication sites.

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