Initial Climb Rate:
2 x 2,230 shp. ea.
52 ft. 11 in.
17 ft. 2 in.
53 ft. 6 in.
The NH90 helicopter from NH Industries was conceived in the mid 1980's. A collaboration of manufacturers from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal would produce a helicopter for use by NATO countries. Great Britain dropped out of the agreement.
The NH90 helicopter has a four axis autopilot, navigation and mission systems integrated with fly by wire controls. The main rotor hub is composed of titanium. It supports a four main blade rotor made of composites. These use an advanced airfoil shape to lessen drag. The cabin of the NH90 is said to be the largest in its class, Helicopter construction features low overall maintenance and corrosion resistance. There is a rear cargo ramp. The landing gear is retractable.
The NH90 helicopter is equipped to fly safely at very low levels, using ground terrain to prevent radar detection. Its flight systems have multiple redundancy, the cockpit armored, and it is built to produce minimal infra red and radar signatures. Its rotor gears are capable of operating without oil for about 1/2 hour without damage.
The NH90 helicopter is produced in two versions, the TTH - Tactical Transport Helicopter, and NFH - NATO Frigate Helicopter.
The airframe of the NH90 helicopter model TTH is optimized for nuclear, biological and, chemical protection. It is equipped with a rescue hoist, wire strike protection system, forward looking infrared radar, weather radar, a cable cutter, cargo hook, an external cargo carrier, chaff and flare dispensers. There are provisions for two door mounted machine guns.
The NH90 TTH has three primary functions. The transportation of up to 20 combat soldiers, the transportation of cargo, and S & R over all terrains and water. The helicopter can also be equipped with electronic counter measure equipment, used for command and control, support anti terror operations, conduct aerial assault by paratroopers, and engage in casualty evacuation and transportation.
In addition to the equipment of the TTH, the NH90 NFH navalized helicopter has folding rotor blades and tail rotors, an electronic warfare support suite, tactical radar, beyond visual range targeting, a data uplink system, a sonar system, sonar buoys, missiles, torpedoes, emergency flotation, and a deck locking system.
The NH90 helicopter model NFH is designed to operate from naval vessels night or day, in all weather, including high sea states, against enemy submarines and surface vessels. It is equipped to find, identify, and pursue maritime targets, striking them with missiles and torpedoes. It can also be used for medical transport, marine observation, reconnaissance, and transportation of cargo and troops.
Some 550 NH90 helicopter models of all types are currently on order with some 370 having already been delivered to thirteen countries around the world, primarily to Australia, France, Germany, and Italy.
"My favourite NH90 helicopter:
1 to 8.7 scale scratch built and painted in New Zealand Air Force colours NZ 1301 -
Length: 1.86m (73 in.)
Width: 440mm (17 1/2 iin.)
Height: 550mm (21 1/2 in.)
Vario petrol mechanics with torque tube tail drive and angled tail gearbox. Four blade flybarless rotor head and four blade tail."