NHIndustries is pleased to announce that the Italian Army’s Aviation Unit has taken delivery of its first NH90 multi-purpose helicopter late December, 2007.
The Italian Army has ordered 60 NH90 TTH helicopters which will replace older models currently operated by the service in various utility roles. The new twin engine NH90s will give the Italian Army’s Aviation Unit a dramatic improvement in operational capability and mission effectiveness. The NH90 TTH version is designed for tactical transport of personnel (16 to 20 troops) and material. Additional applications include medical evacuation (12 stretchers), special operations and airborne command post. The NH90 TTH design is optimised for low signatures (acoustic, radar, infrared) and is equipped with night vision systems (Forward Looking Infra-Red, Night Vision Goggles, Helmet Mounted Sight & Display). Other features include a weather radar, digital map, obstacle warning system, cable cutters, armoured pilot seats, defensive weapons suite, passive and active counter measures. The TTH variant is also equipped with a rear-loading ramp to allow the internal transport of a light vehicle. The NH90 is highly manoeuvrable giving it excellent nap-of-the-earth flight capabilities and can be flown in the most demanding environmental and weather conditions.