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06/21/2001

PORTUGAL JOINS THE NH90 PROGRAMME

The Armament Directors of France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands and the State Secretary of Portugal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Le Bourget on June 21, 2001, to include Portugal as fifth European Nation in the NH90 Programme.

PORTUGAL JOINS THE NH90 PROGRAMME

06/21/2001

The Armament Directors of France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands and the State Secretary of Portugal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Le Bourget on June 21, 2001, to include Portugal as fifth European Nation in the NH90 Programme.

Portugal will purchase 10 NH90 helicopters for Tactical Transport missions and will become a member of NAHEMO (NATO Helicopter Management Organisation, comprising the Steering Committee and NAHEMA, the NATO Helicopter Management Agency), the government authority which controls the programme.

This was based on the go-ahead and the Parliamentary approval of the 5 Participating Nations.

The contract between NAHEMA and NHIndustries, signed also on 21 June 2001, covers the production of the 10 NH90s required by Portugal.

The target to maintain the costs within the estimate elaborated before the Design & Development phase achieved thanks to the close collaboration between NHIndustries, its industrial partners, NAHEMA, and the End Users by combining: a continuous design to costs analysis and a permanent control of the technical configuration despite the large variety of required mission to meet, now allows this new goal of the NH90 Programme. All this reinforcing the commercial approach which ensures the customer: world market competitive prices, guaranteed performance backed by stiff penalties, and deliveries according to operational needs.

The 10 TTH in order for Portugal increase the 1st NH90 production batch to 308 units. Italy orders 60 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for the Army, 46 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) plus 10 TTH for the Navy; France will receive 27 NFH for their naval forces; Germany receives 50 TTH for the Army and 30 TTH for the Air Force, of which 23 are foreseen for Combat Search and Rescue missions following a dedicated further contracted development; The Netherlands will receive 20 NFH.

The 1st batch in both the TTH and the NFH versions includes 54 TTH as option for Germany - 30 for their Army and 24 for their Air Force - and 1 TTH as option for Italian Air Force. Deliveries will start on 2003 for the Tactical Transport version.

Production shares of the five countries will be 30.85% for France (Eurocopter), 31.6% for Italy (Agusta), 30.85 % for Germany (Eurocopter Deutschland), 5.5% for The Netherlands (Stork Fokker), and 1.2%for the Portugal.

NHIndustries is responsible for the programme management, marketing, sales, and after sales support of the NH90 helicopter.

09/14/2000

NHIndustries INVITED BY NSHP FOR THE NEGOTIATION PHASE

NHIndustries has been invited for the negotiation phase of the Nordic Standard Helicopter Program. Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden launched in 1999 a common program to replace its old helicopter fleets for tactical and naval operations with dedicated versions of a basic helicopter in order to share acquisition and in service costs.

NHIndustries INVITED BY NSHP FOR THE NEGOTIATION PHASE

09/14/2000

NHIndustries has been invited for the negotiation phase of the Nordic Standard Helicopter Program.

Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden launched in 1999 a common program to replace its old helicopter fleets for tactical and naval operations with dedicated versions of a basic helicopter in order to share acquisition and in service costs.

NHIndustries is the prime contractor for the NH90 Programme. It represents Agusta, Eurocopter, Eurocopter Deutschland, and Fokker for marketing, international sales, and in service support of NH90 basic helicopter and its derivatives.

The NH90 marked in June 2000 its first big sale success: the signature of the Industrialisation and Production contract for the first batch of 298 helicopters with NAHEMA, representing the four participating nations France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

This ultimate NH90 quadrinational programme finalisation allows to propose to NSHP a large variety of customised NH90 versions, fully developed, while retaining the maximum level of commonality and role change flexibility, available to fulfil the mission requirements of the Nordic Countries such as Tactical Troop Transport, Search And Rescue, Anti Submarine Warfare, for Ship and Land based operations.

In parallel to the contribution of national industries to the NH90 programme, negotiations with Nordic Countries industries are well progressing in order to arrange a satisfactorily industrial participation consisting mainly in parts production, systems design and integration and a final assembly line setting-up.

Currently the NH90 flight test programme is successfully progressing: the five NH90 prototypes have accumulated more than 850 flight hours, with a total of around 160 flight hours in fly-by-wire mode without any particular discrepancy in relation to the scheduled expectations.

In addition the flight activity is now mainly focused on the qualification of the mission dedicated systems, such as: Electronic Warfare System, comprising Missile Launch Detector, Radar and Laser Warning Receivers, Chaff & Flares Dispenser; FLIR, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display, Weather Radar, and Digital Map Generator (for the TTH version). Electronic Warfare System, 360° Naval Radar, Sonics (Sonar and Sonobuoys), Tactical FLIR, Data Link, and Blade and Tail Automatic Folding System, and Harpoon deck locking system (for the NFH version).

The NH90 with 73 helicopters under negotiation for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, in addition to 298 helicopters already ordered by France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands really represents a big step towards the European Armed Forces co-operation.

06/30/2000

NAHEMA and NHIndustries SIGNED THE INDUSTRIALISATION AND 1ST BATCH PRODUCTION CONTRACT OF 298 NH90 HELICOPTERS

The contract for the Production Investment and the Production (PI/P) of a 1st batch of helicopters was signed on 30 June, at the Maison des Polytechniciens, in Paris, by Helmuth Heumann, General Manager of NAHEMA, and Philippe Stuckelberger, General Manager of NHIndustries.

NAHEMA and NHIndustries SIGNED THE INDUSTRIALISATION AND 1ST BATCH PRODUCTION CONTRACT OF 298 NH90 HELICOPTERS

06/30/2000

The contract for the Production Investment and the Production (PI/P) of a 1st batch of helicopters was signed on 30 June, at the Maison des Polytechniciens, in Paris, by Helmuth Heumann, General Manager of NAHEMA, and Philippe Stuckelberger, General Manager of NHIndustries.

The 1st batch of 298 NH90 helicopters is part of the immediate production commitment of 366 helicopters, included in the total requirement of 595 NH90s.

This was based on the go-ahead and the Parliamentary approval of the 4 Participating Nations and the MoU signature held in Berlin ILA Airshow on 8 June this year.

The total value of the contract amounts to 6.6 billion Euro: NH90 is the biggest helicopter programme ever launched in Europe, and, in addition, national industries are participating with a self financing for the 25% amount of the Production Investment.

The target to maintain the costs within the estimate elaborated before the Design & Development phase has been achieved thanks to the close collaboration between NHIndustries, its industrial partners, NAHEMA, and the End Users by combining:
- a continuous design to costs analysis
- a permanent control of the technical configuration despite the large variety of required mission to meet.

This commercial approach, to achieve the PI/P 1st batch contract ensures the customer:
- World market competitive prices
- Guaranteed performance backed by stiff penalties
- Deliveries according to operational needs.

Italy orders 60 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for the Army, 46 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) plus 10 TTH for the Navy; France will receive 27 NFH for their naval forces; Germany receives 50 TTH for the Army and 30 TTH for the Air Force, of which 23 are foreseen for Combat Search and Rescue missions following a dedicated further contracted development; The Netherlands will receive 20 NFH.

The 1st batch in both the TTH and the NFH versions includes 54 TTH as option for Germany - 30 for their Army and 24 for their Air Force - and 1 TTH as option for Italian Air Force. Deliveries will start on 2003 for the Tactical Transport version.

Production shares of the four countries will be 31.25% for France (Eurocopter), 32% for Italy (Agusta), 31.25% for Germany (Eurocopter Deutschland) and 5.5% for The Netherlands (Stork Fokker). NHIndustries is responsible for the programme management, marketing, sales, and after sales support.

This latest-technology helicopter has been jointly developed by Agusta (Italy), Eurocopter (France and Germany) and Stork Fokker (The Netherlands) under the leadership of NHIndustries and the four-nation governmental agency NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency).

The NH90 is a twin-engine aircraft in the 10 tons class. It has been designed from the outset as a weapon system. Launched in 1990 with the signature of a MoU for the development phase, the NH90 is based on the operational needs jointly defined by the armed forces of France, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands based on NATO Staff requirements.

The transport (TTH) and the naval (NFH) variants share a common basic helicopter in a modular design. Dedicated, specialised mission equipment packages allow for maximum flexibility in operations. Special emphasis has been given to features such as safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, testability, and supportability. The diamond shape of all composite (corrosion free) airframe combines optimal aerodynamics with low detectability. Optimised man-machine interface significantly reduces pilot and crew workload. The NH90 superior handling qualities are enhanced by a fly-by-wire flight control system, making it the first production helicopter in the world to feature this advanced technology.

Two types of FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) equipped engines can be installed in this twin engine helicopter: the Rolls-Royce-Turbomeca RTM-322-01/9 or the Fiat Avio-GE-MTU GE-T700-T6E1.

Due to its unique design and inherent system flexibility, the NH90 covers a wide variety of stringent mission requirements. The TTH will serve as a tactical transport helicopter for personnel and materials (internal and external), for Search and Rescue missions (SAR and Combat SAR), heliborne operations, medevac, special operations, electronic warfare, airborne command post, parachuting, flight training, and VIP transport.

NFH missions include anti submarine warfare, anti surface unit warfare, vertical replenishment, SAR, troop transport and mine laying.

This very high multipurpose capability is achieved by the integration of the dedicated mission system and the flight aids with the basic aircraft systems: the TTH features the Electronic Warfare System, comprising Missile Launch Detector, Radar and Laser Warning Receivers, Chaff & Flares Dispenser; FLIR, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display, Weather Radar, and Digital Map Generator.

NFH features: the Electronic Warfare System, 360° Naval Radar, Sonics (Sonar and Sonobuoys), Tactical FLIR, Data Link, and Blade and Tail Automatic Folding System, and Harpoon deck locking system.

The NH90 with its multi-mission capability and now on order by four European nations represents a major step forward in terms of rationalisation, standardisation of equipment, within the armed forces, and interoperability in NATO and United Nations missions.

06/08/2000

FOUR EUROPEAN NATIONS GIVE PRODUCTION GO-AHEAD FOR THE NH90 PROGRAMME

The governments of France, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands gave their go-ahead for the production launch of the NH90 helicopter programme on June 8, 2000, during the ILA 2000 airshow in Berlin. This latest-technology helicopter has been jointly developed by Agusta (Italy), Eurocopter (France and Germany) and Stork Fokker (The Netherlands) under the leadership of NHIndustries and the four-nation governmental agency NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency). NH90 is the biggest helicopter programme ever launched in Europe.

FOUR EUROPEAN NATIONS GIVE PRODUCTION GO-AHEAD FOR THE NH90 PROGRAMME

06/08/2000

The governments of France, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands gave their go-ahead for the production launch of the NH90 helicopter programme on June 8, 2000, during the ILA 2000 airshow in Berlin. This latest-technology helicopter has been jointly developed by Agusta (Italy), Eurocopter (France and Germany) and Stork Fokker (The Netherlands) under the leadership of NHIndustries and the four-nation governmental agency NAHEMA (NATO HElicopter Management Agency). NH90 is the biggest helicopter programme ever launched in Europe.

During an official ceremony at ILA, a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) covering a global intention of acquiring 595 helicopters and a global commitment for the industrialisation and the production of 366 NH90 helicopters was signed by Jean-Yves Helmer, Délégué Général pour l’Armement (France), State Secretary Dr. Walther Stützle (Germany), Onorevole Dott. Domenico Minniti, Sottosegretario alla Difesa (Italy) and Dr. Jan Fledderus, Directeur Generaal Materieel (The Netherlands). This will be followed by the signature of a contract for the Production Investment and the Production (PI/P) of a 1st batch of helicopters by Helmuth Heumann, General Manager of NAHEMA, and Philippe Stuckelberger, General Manager of NHIndustries. The total value of the contract amounts to 6.6 billion Euro.

Twenty five percent of the Production Investment is being self-financed by the four national industries.

Italy orders 60 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) for the Army, 46 NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) plus 10 TTH for the Navy; France will receive 27 NFH for their naval forces; Germany receives 50 TTH for the Army and 30 TTH for the Air Force, of which 23 are foreseen for Combat Search and Rescue missions following a dedicated further contracted development; The Netherlands will receive 20 NFH.

The first batch in both the TTH and the NFH versions, encompasses a total of 298 helicopters, including 54 TTH as option for Germany - 30 for their Army and 24 for their Air Force - and 1 TTH as option for Italy for their Air Force.

Deliveries will start on 2003 for the Tactical Transport version.

Production shares of the four countries will be 31.25% for France (Eurocopter), 32% for Italy (Agusta), 31.25% for Germany (Eurocopter Deutschland) and 5.5% for The Netherlands (Stork Fokker). NHIndustries is responsible for the programme management, marketing, sales, and after sales support.

The NH90 is a latest technology, twin-engine aircraft in the 10 tons class. It has been designed from the outset as a weapon system. Launched in 1990 with the signature of a MoU for the development phase, the NH90 is based on the toughest requirements jointly defined by the armed forces of France, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands.

The transport (TTH) and the naval (NFH) variants share a common basic helicopter in a modular design. Dedicated, specialised mission equipment packages allow for maximum flexibility in operations. Special emphasis has been given to features such as safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, testability, and supportability. The diamond shape of all composite (corrosion free) airframe combines optimal aerodynamics with low detectability. Optimised man-machine interface significantly reduces pilot and crew workload. The NH90 superior handling qualities are enhanced by a fly-by-wire flight control system, making it the first production helicopter in the world to feature this advanced technology.

Two types of FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) equipped engines can be installed in this twin engine helicopter: the Rolls Royce-Turbomeca RTM-322-01/9 or the Fiat Avio-GE-MTU GE-T700-T6E1.

Despite its compact external dimensions designed to cope with the limitations of the hangars on frigates, the NH90 offers a uniquely spacious cabin in its class, with a usable height of 1.58m, a minimum usable width of 2.00m and 4.80m length. Two large sliding doors allow easy loading and unloading operations, to be complemented by an optional rear ramp (1.78 wide and 1.58 long).

The NH90 has a tricycle type, retractable landing gear designed to absorb a high quantity of energy. This, together with crashworthy seats, ensures crew survivability in case of a crash
landing.

Due to its unique design and inherent system flexibility, the NH90 covers a wide variety of stringent mission requirements.

The TTH will serve as a tactical transport helicopter for personnel and materials (internal and external), for Search and Rescue missions (SAR and Combat SAR), heliborne operations, medevac, special operations, electronic warfare, airborne command post, parachuting, flight training, and VIP transport.

NFH missions include anti submarine warfare, anti surface unit warfare, vertical replenishment, SAR, troop transport and mine laying.

The NH90 with its multi-mission capability and now on order by four european nations represents a major step forward in terms of rationalisation, standardisation of equipment, within the armed forces, and interoperability in NATO and United Nations missions.

03/02/2000

NH90 PT5 (NFH) HELICOPTER PRESENTED IN FLIGHT

A distinguished audience saluted on 1st March, 2000, the fifth and last prototype of the NH90 (PT5) at Agusta Cascina Costa facility in Italy. Agusta Chairman and CEO, Amedeo Caporaletti, was accompanied at the ceremony by Mr. Patrick Gavin, Eurocopter CEO, Mr. Siegfried Sobotta, Eurocopter Co-chairman, Mr. C.A.M. De Koning, Stork Fokker CEO. The ceremony was also attended by Amm. Isp. Mario Bartoli, NH90 Programme Steering Committee Chairman, Mr. Helmut Heumann, NAHEMA General Manager, Mr. Philippe Stuckelberger, NHIndustries General Manager, other NAHEMA and NHIndustries representatives and an audience of Military Attaches and other distinguished guests.

NH90 PT5 (NFH) HELICOPTER PRESENTED IN FLIGHT

03/02/2000

A distinguished audience saluted on 1st March, 2000, the fifth and last prototype of the NH90 (PT5) at Agusta Cascina Costa facility in Italy. Agusta Chairman and CEO, Amedeo Caporaletti, was accompanied at the ceremony by Mr. Patrick Gavin, Eurocopter CEO, Mr. Siegfried Sobotta, Eurocopter Co-chairman, Mr. C.A.M. De Koning, Stork Fokker CEO. The ceremony was also attended by Amm. Isp. Mario Bartoli, NH90 Programme Steering Committee Chairman, Mr. Helmut Heumann, NAHEMA General Manager, Mr. Philippe Stuckelberger, NHIndustries General Manager, other NAHEMA and NHIndustries representatives and an audience of Military Attaches and other distinguished guests.

The NH90 is a twin engine, multirole naval and tactical transport helicopter in the 10-ton class developed in two mission variants (NFH and TTH) from a common basic model. Its design is based on the toughest requirements jointly expressed by the armed forces of France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands to face up the military scenario of the 2000s.

The PT5 was assembled under Agusta responsibility; Eurocopter, Eurocopter Deutschland and Stork Fokker, the other industrial partners in the programme, contributed modules and component.

The PT5 has been showed in flight with PT1. The NFH is primarily developed for autonomous Anti- Submarine Warfare, Anti Surface Unit Warfare missions. Additionally applications include Anti-Air Warfare support, Vertical Replenishment, Search and Rescue, Troop Transport. The last two prototypes of the NH90 entering flight activity contribute to increase the figure of flight hours pushing the total over 620 hours, allowing a more rapid opening of the flight envelope and the flight qualification of mission dedicated systems.

The PT5 maiden flight marks the switching from the development to the production phase. The next four Government's production go-ahead for the first batch of about 200 aircraft will also open the doors to the export market where the NH90 has just drawn considerable interest such as the NORDIC programme.

NH90 is the result of the effort made by the Nations and Industries involved in reinforcing European co-operation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive, high performance weapon system.

The NH90 programme demonstrates the ability of four European Nations to harmonise a common technical-operational definition of the helicopter for their defence needs. This represents a big step towards true rationalisation, standardisation and interoperability among European Armed Forces.

12/22/1999

NH90 HELICOPTER - 5th PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

The maiden flight of the fifth and last prototype of the NH90 (PT5) took place successfully on 22nd December 1999, at Agusta facilities in Italy: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s defence, has made a further important step forward.

NH90 HELICOPTER - 5th PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

12/22/1999

The maiden flight of the fifth and last prototype of the NH90 (PT5) took place successfully on 22nd December 1999, at Agusta facilities in Italy: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s defence, has made a further important step forward.

The trial started at 15.35, lasting 20 minutes. The max speed of about 100 kts was achieved.

The NH90 PT5 was flown by:
- the experimental test pilot: Carlo TONDI, and
- the flight test engineers: Marco MONTORFANO and Stefano ROGNONI
NHIndustries, prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 Helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands), is pleased to report that the flight test crew confirmed their complete satisfaction with the PT5 in its flight behaviour.

The PT5 was assembled under Agusta responsibility; Eurocopter and Fokker, the other industrial partners in the programme contributed modules and components.

The PT5 is representative of the Naval Version (NFH) of the NH90. It features in common with the basic configuration the Fly-by-wire controls with Automatic Flight Control, and the dual bus Core Avionic System. Additionally it has a dedicated Naval Mission System: blade and tail automatic folding system, deck lock system, 360 degrees naval tactical radar, sonic system composed by sonar and sonobuoy systems, store management system, and specific to naval operation part of avionic system.

The instrument panel lay-out complies with the common basic configuration and features in addition the fifth 8x8 inch liquid crystal Multifunction Display, specific for the NFH version.

Two TURBOMECA RTM322-01/9 engines power the PT5.

PT5 will be dedicated to the qualification of above said mission and aircraft systems. In particular the fully automatic blade and tail folding system, designed for compatibility with Frigates of the Navies of the four Participating Countries and already successfully operated on the Ground Test Vehicle GTV, will be tested.

This first flight of the fifth and last prototype adds a most important step to a successful development programme:
- PT1 has been subject to installation of the General Electric-Alfa Romeo T700/T6E and /T6E1 engines as the alternative motorization, after its initial flight activity with the Turbomeca RTM322. PT1 has also performed ship trials:
within 2 days, 62 deck landings were successfully performed on a basic French La Fayette-class frigate, demonstrating the excellent manoeuvrability of the NH90.
- The PT2 flying activity continues intensively and is dedicated to the development of the Fly-By-Wire control system and the aerodynamic flight qualities with the installation of external supports and relevant loads.

- The PT3 flying activity is dedicated to development of the Core Avionic System, which comprises the Communication, Navigation, Automatic Flight Control, and Plant Management systems.
- The PT4 flying activity is satisfactorily progressing in order to test and qualify the TTH dedicated systems: Forward Looking Infrared, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display, Digital Map Generator, Weather Radar, Electronic Warfare System, Tactical Control and Tactical Communication System. Apart from the standard NH90 full glass cockpit, Fly-by-wire controls with Automatic Flight Control, and the dual bus Core Avionic System. In addition the PT4 has under test the Rear Ramp System, which allows also the transport of a light tactical vehicle inside.
PT1, PT2, PT3, PT4, and PT5 have now logged more than 580 flight hours, contributing to the flight envelope opening up to 20.000 feet altitude, at speeds up to 190 kts, at extreme centres of gravity, at a max gross weight of 10.000 kg, 12 degree slope landings, and rolling landings at speeds exceeding 50 knots.
- Industrial flight test crews, military flight test pilots and flight test engineers of the four nations are impressed by the excellent performance, the handling qualities, and the general behaviour of the helicopter and its systems.
- The Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) has achieved a total of 450 test hours, and has contributed to obtaining the clearance for the flight of all the 5 NH90 prototypes. The GTV current activity is dedicated to test and qualify for flight the automatic blade and tail folding system.

Flight hours: 110 000

Total deliveries: 306

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