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06/19/2007

42 ADDITIONAL NH90 CONFIRMED BY GERMANY

42 ADDITIONAL NH90 CONFIRMED BY GERMANY Germany has signed a formal order for 42 additional NH90 helicopters. 30 of these helicopters will be operated by the German Army Aviation and 12 by the German Air Force. These aircraft are in addition to the initial batch of 80 NH90 ordered in June 2000.

42 ADDITIONAL NH90 CONFIRMED BY GERMANY

06/19/2007

Germany has signed a formal order for 42 additional NH90 helicopters. 30 of these helicopters will be operated by the German Army Aviation and 12 by the German Air Force. These aircraft are in addition to the initial batch of 80 NH90 ordered in June 2000.

The ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Cercle Militaire Saint-Augustin in Paris, during Paris Air Show 2007.

The German Army is the first customer to have taken delivery of NH90 in December 2006 and further deliveries in May 2007. The aircraft identified under the Industry designation TGEA02, TGEA03 and TGEA04 are used for flight training at the German Army Air Corps Weapons School in Bückeburg, while serial number TGEA05 is dedicated as a ground trainer at the Army base in Fassberg.

The additional 30 NH90 for the Army Aviation will keep the variant features and characteristics of the 50 TTH previously ordered. The 12 for the Air Force will feature the Rear Ramp, provisions for armor protection and machine gun, in the frame of the harmonization process among the Air Force variant; following this additional order, the total NH90 for German Air Force will amount to 42.

The NHIndustries General Manager, Gala Gonçalves, underlined that she is particularly honored to have the opportunity to sign this important NH90 contract as it demonstrates the confidence from one of the founding Nations in the NH90 Programme. Furthermore some additional orders are expected in the short term from other NAHEMO Countries.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 495 units plus 60 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are yet under process with several other Defense Forces to secure contract concerning additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions.

06/19/2007

NAHEMA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR 10 NH90 HELICOPTERS FOR BELGIUM

NAHEMA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR
10 NH90 HELICOPTERS FOR BELGIUM
NHIndustries is very pleased to announce that following a formal decision by Belgium to acquire NH90 helicopters taken on 27 April 2007, NAHEMA signed yesterday afternoon the purchase contract for 10 NH90 helicopters for Belgium at the Cercle Militaire Saint-Augustin in Paris, during the Paris Air Show 2007.

NAHEMA SIGNS CONTRACT FOR 10 NH90 HELICOPTERS FOR BELGIUM

06/19/2007

NHIndustries is very pleased to announce that following a formal decision by Belgium to acquire NH90 helicopters taken on 27 April 2007, NAHEMA signed yesterday afternoon the purchase contract for 10 NH90 helicopters for Belgium at the Cercle Militaire Saint-Augustin in Paris, during the Paris Air Show 2007.

The order for 10 NH90 consists of 4 TTH and 4 NFH plus 2 optional TTH aircraft.

With both TTH and NFH versions, the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with maritime and tactical transport capabilities. One of the primary missions of these aircraft will be to provide Belgium with an advanced Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. These aircraft will be operated by the “Air component” of Belgian Armed Forces, regrouping under a unique command all military flying equipment of Belgium.

Belgium represents the 14th customer ordering the NH90 and the 6th country to join NAHEMO, the international NH90 Programme organisation gathering France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and then Portugal.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 60 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are yet under process with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions. To date, four NH90 are delivered to the German customer.

05/10/2007

FIRST FLIGHT OF THE OMAN NH90

FIRST FLIGHT OF THE OMAN NH90 Yesterday, the first Omani NH90 took to the air from Eurocopter’s Marignane facility at 10:40 am. It represents the 9th country out of 14 to achieve the maiden flight of NH90 serial production aircraft after Germany, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Greece, France, Norway and Australia

FIRST FLIGHT OF THE OMAN NH90

05/10/2007

Yesterday, the first Omani NH90 took to the air from Eurocopter’s Marignane facility at 10:40 am.

It represents the 9th country out of 14 to achieve the maiden flight of NH90 serial production aircraft after Germany, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Greece, France, Norway and Australia.

On 24 July 2004, the Sultanate of Oman has contracted 20 NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) battlefield helicopters for the Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO). They will be delivered from the end of 2008 to the end of 2010.
The NH90 RAFO Variant is perfectly tailored to the extreme environmental conditions of the Middle-East region. To maintain the NH90 remarkable performance throughout the flight envelope in Hot & High conditions, this Variant is equipped with an enhanced Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca power plant (2 RTM 322-01/9A engines). In the frame of the Variant qualification, this specific engine version installation will be validated in Oman in July 2007 during the “Hot Weather Campaign”.

The NH90 is a new generation military helicopter equipped with state-of-the-art technology and systems able to perform any kind of mission by day or night and in adverse weather conditions. The NH90 features a corrosion-free carbon fibre fuselage offering also a high level of resistance to sand abrasion, composite rotors, multi-redundant fly-by-wire controls associated to a 4-axis autopilot for hands-off flight capability, precise and autonomous navigation with SAR automatic search patterns, electro-optical system with FLIR and many other leading edge technologies and mission equipment.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).

The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 102 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are in progress with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning 76 additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions.




04/27/2007

BELGIUM APPROVES ACQUISITION OF 10 NH90 HELICOPTERS

BELGIUM APPROVES ACQUISITION OF
10 NH90 HELICOPTERS
The Belgian government has decided today, during a Council of Ministers, to procure 10 NH90 helicopters, consisting of 8 firm orders (4 TTH and 4 NFH) plus 2 optional aircraft.

BELGIUM APPROVES ACQUISITION OF 10 NH90 HELICOPTERS

04/27/2007

The Belgian government has decided today, during a Council of Ministers, to procure 10 NH90 helicopters, consisting of 8 firm orders (4 TTH and 4 NFH) plus 2 optional aircraft.

This is the confirmation of the strong interest shown by Belgium towards the NH90 since the very early stages of the Programme, when Belgium was involved with the first design studies launch by NATO.

Belgium is now the 14th country ordering the NH90 and the 2nd country, after Portugal in 2001, to join the international programme organisation, NAHEMO, which was initially formed in order to gather the National Armament Directors of the 4 countries which have instigated the NH90 Programme; i.e. France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands joined by Portugal in 2001.

The Belgian industry will benefit from to the procurement of NH90 helicopters through an extensive industrial cooperation programme.

With 4 NFH and 4 TTH, the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue, Naval and Tactical Transport capabilities.

The NH90 is a new generation military helicopter equipped with modern technology and systems able to perform any kind of mission by day or night and in adverse weather conditions. The NH90 features a corrosion-free carbon fibre fuselage, fly-by-wire controls, composite rotors and many other leading edge technologies.

NHIndustries is also pleased to announce that the NH90 will be presented to the Belgian public (Static Display only – Live instrument panel) on the occasion of the next national aeronautical event “Helidays” in Bierset from 12th to 13th May 2007.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 102 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are in progress with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning 76 additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions.

03/28/2007

FIRST AUSTRALIAN NH90 OF 46 ORDERED TAKING TO THE AIR

FIRST AUSTRALIAN NH90 OF 46 ORDERED
TAKING TO THE AIR The first Australian NH90 – Tactical Transport Helicopter version (TTH) wearing the Customer designation TAUA01 took off from Marignane (France), the Eurocopter’s facility.

FIRST AUSTRALIAN NH90 OF 46 ORDERED TAKING TO THE AIR

03/28/2007

The first Australian NH90 – Tactical Transport Helicopter version (TTH) wearing the Customer designation TAUA01 took off from Marignane (France), the Eurocopter’s facility.

This flight lasted 1 hour and 35 minutes away from the airfield and fulfilled all expectations.

Australian partners working locally for many months at Eurocopter’s Marignane, within Integrated Teams were proud to attend this major event on behalf of their country, measuring deeply by themselves the nature and complexity of the technological and human processes commonly achieved since the very beginning of their presence in France.

The MRH90 (Dedicated designation for Australian NH90) is an extremely capable helicopter as any other NH90 variant. It features a damage tolerant design, a large cabin volume with two wide sliding cargo doors and a rear ramp, altogether providing operational users with enhanced sea operation capabilities strongly reinforced thanks to a full-composite, hence corrosion-free, airframe. Part of a comprehensive modernization and rationalization of the Australian military helicopter fleet, the 46 already contracted MRH90 will provide Australia Defence Force with true opportunities for joint fleet management.

Incidentally, the same day, in Halli (Finland) has flown the 3rd NH90 High Cabin Version of the Swedish Customer. With 1st and 2nd Swedish NH90 built in Marignane, BSWA03 is the 1st of the 16 remaining ordered NH90 to be assembled and flown in this Patria facility.

It is noticeable that both flights duration of 1 hour and a half demonstrate the highest reliability standards of the NH90 helicopter family and Industry capacity to achieve a sustained and regular ramping up pace.

The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62,5%), and Stork Fokker (5,5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 445 units plus 100 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand and Spain. Final negotiation steps are yet under process with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning 86 additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions.

01/11/2007

NH90 Breaking News by End of 2006!

NH90 Breaking News by End of 2006! NHIndustries had a very hectic end to 2006! Following the first 3 NH90 deliveries on 13th December 2006 to the German Army Aviation (See PR n° 62), a major new commercial event took place on 28th December when… Spain ordered 45 NH90 The formal signature of the contract took place exactly 6 days after the Spanish government announced the authorization to acquire 45 NH90 - Tactical Transport Helicopter version (TTH) to modernize the existing Ministry of Defence fleet of medium-size helicopters. NHIndustries is also pleased to inform that a few days before this commercial event, a further step ahead has been performed on 20th December 2006 with the… 1st Norwegian NFH Taking to the Air The first Norwegian NH90 - NATO Frigate Helicopter version (NFH) wearing the Customer designation NNWN #01 took off at 03:40 p.m. from Vergiate (Italy), the AgustaWestland’s facility. This flight lasted about 25 minutes away from the airfield.

NH90 Breaking News by End of 2006!

01/11/2007


NHIndustries had a very hectic end to 2006!



Following the first 3 NH90 deliveries on 13th December 2006 to the German Army Aviation (See PR n° 62), a major new commercial event took place on 28th December when...



Spain ordered 45 NH90



The formal signature of the contract took place exactly 6 days after the Spanish government announced the authorization to acquire 45 NH90 - Tactical Transport Helicopter version (TTH) to modernize the existing Ministry of Defence fleet of medium-size helicopters.



NHIndustries the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62,5%), and Stork Fokker (5,5%) ensures the industrial programme management of the twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter. This last generation helicopter is equipped with full glass cockpit, Fly-by-Wire control system and advanced Automatic Flight Control System to-gether with state-of-the-art Communication, Navigation and Mission Equipment. The NH90 is an extremely capable helicopter featuring a modern damage tolerant design, a large cabin volume with two wide sliding cargo doors and a ramp. In its TTH version, the NH90 can lift up to 20 fully equipped troops strapped on to their individual crashworthy seats and can be quickly adapted to MEDEVAC / CASEVAC missions by fitting up to 12 stretchers or cargo delivery capability (Internal: 2,500 kg / External: 4,000 kg) providing thus highly valuable support notably to Disaster Relief operations all around the world.



The Spanish NH90 helicopters will be assembled in Spain at the new Eurocopter España facility located in Albacete, the inauguration of which is foreseen to occur within the first quarter this year.



NHIndustries is also pleased to inform that a few days before this commercial event, a further step ahead has been performed on 20th December 2006 with the…



1st Norwegian NFH Taking to the Air



The first Norwegian NH90 - NATO Frigate Helicopter version (NFH) wearing the Customer designation NNWN #01 took off at 03:40 p.m. from Vergiate (Italy), the AgustaWestland’s facility.



This flight lasted about 25 minutes away from the airfield.



Crew reports: “After the take off, we started to check the aircraft with simple maneuvers in hovering, as usual for each first flight. Then, we were so confident of the machine that we decided to fly away for some checks at higher speeds. We were up to 140 knots with-out encountering any unexpected behavior. As a conclusion, the first flight can be considered more than successful.” Norwegian Customer, formally invited to attend the event, was very excited and interpreted this as a very positive signal for the whole Norwegian programme. Industry Teams involved in the NH90 NFH Programme were grateful to receive the Customer’s congratulations for this milestone achievement.



NHIndustries has closed the year with a total of 88 NH90 sold in 2006, confirming the worldwide commercial success of this state-of-the-art medium-size, twin-engine and multi-role military helicopter and proudly announces today a backlog of 545 NH90 contracted (445 firm plus 100 options) to equip 18 Armed Forces of 14 countries.


For further information, please contact:
Mr. Didier Simon
NHIndustries Sales and Marketing Director
Tel.: +33 (0)4 42 95 97 02
Fax: +33 (0)4 42 95 97 49

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