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06/01/1999

NH90 HELICOPTER - 4th PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

The maiden flight of the fourth prototype of the NH90 (PT4) took place successfully on 31 May 1999, at Eurocopter Deutschland’s test facility in Ottobrunn near Munich: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has added a further important step forward.

NH90 HELICOPTER - 4th PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

06/01/1999

The maiden flight of the fourth prototype of the NH90 (PT4) took place successfully on 31 May 1999, at Eurocopter Deutschland’s test facility in Ottobrunn near Munich: the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has added a further important step forward.

The trial started at 16.33 p.m., lasting 1 hour and 5 minutes, and attaining 140 kts max speed and 5000 ft altitude. The NH90 PT4 was flown by:
- the experimental test pilots: HERBERT GRASER, and ANDREW WARNER
- the flight test engineer: DENIS HAMEL

The PT4, under Eurocopter Deutschland responsibility, was assembled with modules and components contributed by Agusta, Eurocopter of France, and Stork Fokker, the other three industrial partners in the programme.

The PT4 is representative of the Tactical Transport Version (TTH) of the NH90 and features, apart from the standard NH90 full glass cockpit, Fly-by-wire controls with Automatic Flight Control, the dual bus Core Avionic System; the dedicated Mission System. This includes Forward Looking Infrared, Helmet Mounted Sight and Display, Digital Map Generator, Weather Radar, Electronic Warfare System, Tactical Control and Tactical Communication System.

The PT4 is powered by two Turbomeca RTM322-01/9 engines.

PT4 will be dedicated to the qualification of above said mission and aircraft systems. In addition, a Rear Ramp System, which allows also the transport of a light tactical vehicle inside the TTH, will be tested.

The instrument panel lay-out complies with the common basic configuration featuring four 8x8 inch liquid crystal Multifunction Displays, with the complete provision for the fifth one (standard in the naval version of the NH90, NFH).

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 NH90 in flight behaviour.

This first flight of the fourth prototype marks an important step of a successful development programme:
- The flight envelope has been opened 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 kgs, 12 deg slope landings, and rolling landings at speeds exceeding 50 knots.
- PT1 has been subject to installation of the General Electric-Alfa Romeo T700/T6E engines as the alternative motorization, after its initial flight activity with the Turbomeca RTM322.
- The PT1 has also performed during last summer ship trials in Italy. 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 dedicated to Fly-By-Wire control system development.
- 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.
- PT1, PT2, and PT3 have now logged more than 420 flight hours.
- 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.
- The Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) achieved a total of 450 test hours, contributing to obtain the clearances for the flight of PT1, PT2, PT3, and PT4
- For the tactical transport version (TTH) particular effort is dedicated to the evaluation of the Tactical Control System using the NH90 TTH Simulator, to the instrument panel and cabin lay-out optimisation, and to the completion and commissioning of TTH Mission Integration Rig.
- The final assembly of PT5, the naval version of the NH90 (NFH) is well progressing as well as other ground test activities contributing to the mission systems development and qualification.
- For the naval version of NH90 (NFH) development work is concentrating on the evaluation of the Tactical Control System using the NH90 NFH Simulator, on the cabin lay-out optimisation, on the detailed definition of the Helo/Ship interface, on the main rotor blades and tail boom automatic folding system optimisation, and on the commissioning of the NFH Mission Integration Rig.

11/30/1998

NH90 HELICOPTER - 3rd PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

The maiden flight of the third prototype of the NH90 (PT3) took place successfully on 27 November 1998 : the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has added a further important step forward.

NH90 HELICOPTER - 3rd PROTOTYPE IN FLIGHT

11/30/1998

The maiden flight of the third prototype of the NH90 (PT3) took place successfully on 27 November 1998 : the NH90 Programme, which represents a landmark programme for Europe’s aircraft industry, has added a further important step forward.

The trial started at 17.05 p.m., and during 30 minutes, the NH90 PT3 was flown by :
- the experimental test pilot : Philippe BOUTRY,
- the flight test engineer : Denis TRIVIER,
- the flight engineer : Jean-Claude RABANY.

The PT3, under Eurocopter responsibility, was assembled with modules and components contributed by Agusta, Eurocopter Deutschland, and Fokker, the other three industrial partners in the programme.

The PT3 is completely fitted with the basic Avionic Core System consisting of Fly-By-Wire controls with Automatic Flight Control, Navigation, Communication and Identification, Plant Management, full glass cockpit, and the basic aircraft systems such as Hydraulic, Environmental Control, Electrical, and Fuel. The PT3 is powered by two Turbomeca RTM322 engines.

The power plant system is of latest state-of-the-art technology : computerised control and monitoring systems based on the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC).

All those systems installed on the PT3 are representative of the final serial configuration.

PT3 will be dedicated to the qualification of above said basic Core Avionic System and aircraft systems. In addition a specific lightning strike electronic magnetic interference test campaign will be performed.

The instrument panel lay-out complies with the common basic configuration featuring four 8x8 inch liquid crystal Multifunction Displays (TTH version), with the complete provision for the fifth one (NFH version).

As a first general equipment the PT3 will also be equipped with a rescue hoist.

NHIndustries, prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands), is pleased to say that the crew and the engineers, present at the flight trial, confirmed their overall satisfaction for the NH90 in flight behaviour.

This important step and the flight test results allow the stabilisation of the vehicle design and the consolidation of the achievements in all the NH90 development areas :
- The PT1 has been subject to installation of the General Electric-Alfa Romeo T700/T6E engines as the alternative motorization. With its 100th flight on 26 November in this configuration it has satisfactorily logged more than 84 flight hours to be added to 160 flight hours already totalized with Turbomeca RTM322 engines.
- The PT1 has also performed during last summer a Ship Trials campaign in Italy. Within 2 days, 62 deck landings were performed on the Le Courbet (La Fayette-class French frigate) under various speeds and attitudes, demonstrating the excellent manoeuvring capabilities of the NH90.
- The PT2 flying activity for Fly-By-Wire development has totalized more than 120 hours.
- Flight envelope has been opened up to 20.000 feet altitude, at speeds up to 190 kts, at extremes centre of gravity, at a max gross weight of 10.000 kgs, 12 deg slope landings, and rolling landings at speeds exceeding 50 knots.
- The general impression of the industry flight test crew, military pilots, and test engineers of the Four Nations, is that they are impressed by the NH90 excellent performance, handling qualities, and general behaviour.
- The Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) achieved a total of 424 running test hours, contributing to obtain the clearances for the flight of PT1, PT2, and PT3.
- PT4 and PT5 final assembly is well progressing as well as other ground test activities contributing to the mission systems development and qualification.
- For the naval version (NFH) of NH90 development work is concentrating on the evaluation of the Tactical Control System using the NH90 NFH Simulator, on the cabin lay-out optimisation, on the detailed definition of the Helo/Ship interface, on the main rotor blades and tail boom automatic folding system optimisation, and on the commissioning of the NFH Mission Integration Rig.
- For the tactical transport version (TTH) particular effort is dedicated to the evaluation of the Tactical Control System using the NH90 TTH Simulator, to the instrument panel and cabin lay-out optimisation, and to the completion and commissioning of TTH Mission Integration Rig.

05/18/1998

NH90 HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AT ILA 98

For the first time a helicopter featuring a redundant digital Fly-By-Wire control system is flying at ILA Airshow in Berlin. The second prototype of NH90 helicopter (PT2) is arrived at Schönefeld/Diepensee airport following a 650 NM flight from Marignane airport (south of France). NH90 is ready to fly in the presence of the officials, press and public visiting the Airshow.

NH90 HELICOPTER FLIGHTS AT ILA 98

05/18/1998

For the first time a helicopter featuring a redundant digital Fly-By-Wire control system is flying at ILA Airshow in Berlin.

The second prototype of NH90 helicopter (PT2) is arrived at Schönefeld/Diepensee airport following a 650 NM flight from Marignane airport (south of France).

NH90 is ready to fly in the presence of the officials, press and public visiting the Airshow.

The Fly-By-Wire solution allows the optimisation of the handling qualities in the complete flight envelope. It reduces weight and complexity of the control system (control rods, mixing units,...). It also means reduction of vulnerability and augmentation of safety (high redundancy). Furthermore it allows the evolution of the control laws which enable consideration of future operational needs.

This technological innovation has the precise task of drastically reducing the pilot workload in any operational environment and let him concentrate on the mission he is called to perform.

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that this presentation has satisfied the high expectations in Germany.

Germany is one of the Nations participating in the NH90 Programme with the view of pursuing common defence means, common strategies and the reinforcing of European cooperation.

Needs for replacement of existing fleets, for tactical transport and naval missions, are playing a major role in the NH90 Programme both in the Four Participating Nations and in the Export market.

This is leading to an impressive scale helicopter market and has enabled NHIndustries to apply the most suitable policies to be highly competitive worldwide.

As far as the German Armed Forces are concerned, the NH90 will replace at the beginning of the century the ageing fleet of UH-1D Huey, Lynx and Sea King.

03/13/1998

NH90 PT1: 1st FLIGHT WITH THE T700-T6E ENGINE

The first NH90 prototype (PT1) with the T700-T6E engine, co-developed by Alfa Romeo Avio, Fiat Avio and General Electric Aircraft Engines, was successfully flown on March 13th, 1997 from the AGUSTA plant in Cascina Costa, north of Milan.

NH90 PT1: 1st FLIGHT WITH THE T700-T6E ENGINE

03/13/1998

The first NH90 prototype (PT1) with the T700-T6E engine, co-developed by Alfa Romeo Avio, Fiat Avio and General Electric Aircraft Engines, was successfully flown on March 13th, 1997 from the AGUSTA plant in Cascina Costa, north of Milan.

The trial started at 9.45 a.m. and for the next 55 minutes the NH90 was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Fabio Frisi and Carlo Tondi with the Flight Test Engineer Marco Montorfano.

NHIndustries, prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) is pleased to say that the crew and the engineers present at this flight trial event, expressed their complete satisfaction with this innovative helicopter, which represents a challenge for Europe`s aircraft industry.

AGUSTA has the design responsibility for the installation and testing of this engine, as foreseen by the Additional Work and National Customisation contract signed on 6 October 1995 by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NHIndustries (NH90 prime contractor).

According to the contract the “Additional work” items developed in the frame of the main D&D contract, such as the second engine, can be commonly utilised by all the Participating Nations.

We recall that the NH90 PT1 (maiden flight 18 Dec. 95) has logged 160 flight hours with the engines Turbomeca / Rolls-Royce RTM 322-01/9, opening the whole flight envelope. Recently it performed a daily presentation at the Paris Airshow 97.

The second prototype, the PT2, (maiden flight 19 March 97) is presently continuing the Fly-by-wire planned trials.

The ground test vehicle (GTV) has logged more than 300 test hours.

The overall trial results are very satisfactory and consolidate the basis of the NH90 Project.

01/13/1998

NHIndustries RECEIVED ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

NHIndustries, the Prime Contractor for the quadrinational NH90 Helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands), has just received the ISO 9001 certification by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI).

NHIndustries RECEIVED ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION

01/13/1998

NHIndustries, the Prime Contractor for the quadrinational NH90 Helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands), has just received the ISO 9001 certification by Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI).

NHIndustries, established in 1992 by the 4 Companies sharing the D&D of the NH90 Programme (AGUSTA - Italy 28.2%, EUROCOPTER - France 41.6%, EUROCOPTER DEUTSCHLAND 23.7%, FOKKER AVIATION - The Netherlands 6.5%), ensures the industrial programme management of the NH90 helicopters.

The certification is the recognition , after an in depth evaluation by BVQI auditors, covering the organisational structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes and resources that the NHIndustries Quality System, is compliant with the ISO 9001 requirements for the “Prime Contractorship and Management of International Aeronautical Programmes”.

BVQI is accredited in France by COFRAC, the French Committee for Accreditation, for all sectors of activity and for all Countries.

NHIndustries is the first Company in Europe certified ISO 9001 for the Programme Management of International Aeronautical Projects: an award to the day by day management effort to get the important achievements obtained in the development of the NH90 Helicopter Programme.

07/29/1997

NH90 PT1 FLEW TO ITALY

The first NH90 prototype (PT1) crossed the Italian border and arrived today at the AGUSTA plant in Cascina Costa , north of Milan, to start the installation and testing of the second engine: the T700-T6E by Alfa Romeo Avio/General Electric.

NH90 PT1 FLEW TO ITALY

07/29/1997

The first NH90 prototype (PT1) crossed the Italian border and arrived today at the AGUSTA plant in Cascina Costa , north of Milan, to start the installation and testing of the second engine: the T700-T6E by Alfa Romeo Avio/General Electric.

AGUSTA has the design responsibility for this activity, which is foreseen by the Additional Work and National Customisation contract signed on 6 October 1995 by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NHIndustries (NH90 prime contractor).

According to the contract the “Additional work” items, like the second engine, that are developed in the frame of the main D&D contract can be commonly utilised by all the Participating Nations.

The NH90 PT1 took-off this afternoon from the Eurocopter plant in Marignane with a joint Eurocopter/ Agusta crew and it landed at Agusta, where it has been warmly welcome, after 2 hrs flight.

We recall that the NH90 PT1 (maiden flight 18 Dec. 95) has logged 150 flight hours opening the whole flight envelope and recently performed a daily presentation at the Paris Airshow 97.

The second prototype, the PT2 (maiden flight 19 March 97) is presently continuing the Fly-by-wire planned trials.

The ground test vehicle (GTV) has logged more than 300 test hours.

The overall trials results are very satisfactory for engineers and crews, and consolidate the basis of the NH90 Project.

This event is the confirmation of the high technical integration level reached by the NH90 industry cooperation, a result that has been possible by the day-by-day management at all levels and by the top level expertise of all participants of the industrial consortium.

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