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10/06/1995

NH90 PROGRAMME: A NEW CONTRACT

In the frame of the NH90 Helicopter Programme, after the signature of an addendum to the general Memorandum of Understanding signed by the four Nations participating to the Programme (France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands), the contract for the Additional Work and National Customisation was signed on 6 October 1995 by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NHIndustries (NH90 prime contractor).

NH90 PROGRAMME: A NEW CONTRACT

10/06/1995

In the frame of the NH90 Helicopter Programme, after the signature of an addendum to the general Memorandum of Understanding signed by the four Nations participating to the Programme (France, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands), the contract for the Additional Work and National Customisation was signed on 6 October 1995 by NAHEMA (NATO Helicopter Management Agency) and NHIndustries (NH90 prime contractor).

This contract was placed in order to tailor the NH90 helicopter to some peculiar operational needs of the four nations Armed Forces as foreseen in the Design & Development contract.

The “Additional work” groups items that will be developed in the frame of the main D&D contract and that could be commonly utilised:
- second engine installation for NFH and TTH versions (this refers to the engine T700-T6E by Alfa Romeo/General Electric. The first engine installation is the RTM 322-01/9 by Turbomeca/Rolls-Royce/MTU/Piaggio/Topps).
- rear ramp for the Tactical Transport version.
- second missile reinforcement ( for installation of heavy stores up to 700kg).
The “National Customisations” include a command post study, a cannon pod installation study, sand filter, a radiameter, a second VHF/FM for the Tactical Transport version and a sonobuoy data relay study, a Tacan and the rear ramp for the Naval version.

The activities will be carried out by the four industrial partners, Agusta S.p.A (Italy), Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, Eurocopter France S.A. and Fokker (The Netherlands) according to the design responsibility defined in the contract.

The global contract value amounts to 58.230 MECU. It creates a slight adjustment of the national shares in the Programme (now 41.6 % for France, 28.2 % for Italy, 23.7 % for Germany, 6.5 % for The Netherlands).

Few days after the start of the tests of the “Iron Bird” at Agusta - Cascina Costa plant (Italy), and after the roll-out of its 1st prototype at Eurocopter -Marignane plant (France), the NH90 programme is making a new step forward.

09/29/1995

FIRST NH90 PROTOTYPE ROLLS OUT

FIRST NH90 PROTOTYPE ROLLS OUT Three years after the signature of the NH90 Design & Development Contract, NHIndustries presented today, as scheduled, the first prototype of a fully assembled NH90 helicopter. The event took place on 29 September 95 at 11.00 a.m., in the presence of the Customer NAHEMA and top defence officials of France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, at the Eurocopter France factory, Marignane, where final assembly was carried out.

FIRST NH90 PROTOTYPE ROLLS OUT

09/29/1995

Three years after the signature of the NH90 Design & Development Contract, NHIndustries presented today, as scheduled, the first prototype of a fully assembled NH90 helicopter.

The event took place on 29 September 95 at 11.00 a.m., in the presence of the Customer NAHEMA and top defence officials of France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, at the Eurocopter France factory, Marignane, where final assembly was carried out.

Assembly of the first NH90 prototype (PT1) was completed with the main modules, groups and components received from the plants of the four European companies sharing the development work for NHIndustries: Agusta, Eurocopter Deutschland, Eurocopter France and Fokker.

Installation of the vehicle subsystems and their preliminary functional tests (already performed) was supported by on-site working teams of the four Partner Companies in accordance with their respective system design responsibilities and gave excellent results.

During the NH90 Development phase, a total of 5 prototypes, plus the Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) will be employed to demonstrate design compliance and to validate overall system performance. Qualification is moreover supported by a number of laboratory and ground tests, simulators and integration facilities.

Eurocopter France is to assemble and test the first three prototypes representing the “common helicopter”; Eurocopter Deutschland the No. 4 prototype representing the Tactical Transport version; Agusta (Italy) the Iron Bird and the No. 5 prototype representing the naval version.

No.1 Prototype will begin the planned ground tests and calibrations next Monday. The first flight will be made by the end of this year as scheduled.

This important achievement shows:
• the ability of four European nations to harmonise a common technical-operational definition of the helicopter for their defence needs, which represents a big step forward towards true rationalisation, standardisation and interoperability among European Armed Forces.
• the result of the effort made by the nations and industries involved to reinforce European aeronautical cooperation with the aim of sharing costs, workload and technology to produce a competitive high performance Weapon System.

09/28/1995

1st RUN OF NH90 GROUND TEST VEHICLE

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) informs that the first run of the NH90 Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) has successfully taken place on 28 September 95 at AGUSTA plant of Cascina Costa, Italy.

1st RUN OF NH90 GROUND TEST VEHICLE

09/28/1995

NHIndustries, the prime contractor for the quadrinational NH90 helicopter Programme (launched by France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands) informs that the first run of the NH90 Ground Test Vehicle (Iron Bird) has successfully taken place on 28 September 95 at AGUSTA plant of Cascina Costa, Italy.

The first run of the NH90 Iron Bird started the Test Programme to provide the required clearance substantiation for the 1st flight of the first NH90 prototype scheduled by the end of the year.
To this purpose, about 300 aircraft parameters are presently installed.

The NH90 Iron Bird has been completed with the main modules, groups and components arrived from the plants of the four European companies sharing the development work for NHIndustries:
Agusta, Eurocopter Deutschland, Eurocopter France and Fokker.

On a tie-down metal structure solidly attached to the ground, the NH90 upper-deck, the rear fuselage and the tail unit are installed.

The whole dynamic system is the same as the one installed on the first NH90 prototype, including the two engines, the main gear box, the tail drive system, the flight controls, the main and tail rotors.

The installation of the vehicle subsystems have been supported by on-site working teams of the four Partner Companies according to their System Design Responsibility and have given excellent results.

The Iron Bird Test Programme is a unique tool that allows the development of the dynamic system trough several trial campaigns up to the year 2000. It provides and extends the necessary clearances for the flight tests of the five foreseen prototypes, contributes to the NH90 helicopter reliability and will perform finally the required Type Test leading to the full qualification of the drive system.

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