22 November 2005
Last minute !- Agreement of the Belgian government for the purchase of ten NH90 helicopters
(source : L'écho 09/12/2005)


22 November 2005
The NH90 Reaches the Top

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24 October 2005
The NH90 ends French Army Operational Engineering Trials with Flying Colors

>> Direct link to the news


13 October 2005
Rolls-Royce Turbomeca RTM322 engine qualified for NH90

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15 July 2005
NH90 well placed in Belgium

The Belgian Council of Ministers could announce on July 20 its intention formal to acquire ten to twelve new helicopters of general-purpose transport (NH90 helicopters !). Information had filtered during Le Bourget. (source : Air & Cosmos)


14 July 2005
Maiden flight of the first Patria assembled NH90 helicopter

The first Patria assembled NH90 helicopter, KH-202, has made its successful maiden flight in Halli, Jämsä today, on July 13. The flight time was 65 minutes. The maiden flight was performed by Eurocopter’s flight test crew: - Didier GUERIN experimental test pilot, - Nicolas CERTAIN flight test engineer, - François ROSTAING flight engineer.

>>Link to the photos


14 July 2005
Photo of the first flight of the Greek NH90 (F-ZWTH)!

>>Link to the photo

The first Greek NH90 helicopter, has made its successful maiden flight in Marignane on July 13. The flight time was 1h30. The NH90 was flown by: - Boniface Jean-Pierre ROLDAN experimental test pilot, - Dominique FOURNIER flight test engineer, - Jean-Claude RABANY flight engineer.


02 June 2005
Australian government orders 12 NH90 helicopters

Australia signed on 2nd of June 2005 in Canberra a contract for the acquisition of 12 NH90 helicopters. According to the Australian AIR9000 programme, the 12 NH90 ordered are identified under the designation “MRH90”, standing for “Multi Role Helicopter”.


20 May 2005
Spain chooses the NH90 and will order 45 aircraft

(source AFP)


03 April 2005
Chief of the Air Force Welcomes Selection of NH90

The Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal John Hamilton has today welcomed a Government announcement that the NH90 will replace the Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois Helicopters.

“This is excellent news for the Air Force and those that depend on the helicopter support we provide,” says Air Vice-Marshal Hamilton.

“The NH90 will step us into the next generation of helicopter. It will provide huge performance gains over the Iroquois that will enable greater weights carried further and much improved night and poor weather capabilities,” he said.

While today’s decision is an important step there is still much work to be done with NH Industries to finalise costs, numbers of aircraft and delivery schedules.

“Alongside this, the Air Force will work to consider the implications on training, trades, and support structures. We must also continue to support the Iroquois fleet over the next few years until the NH 90s are accepted into service.”

Work also continues to progress the selection of a helicopter to replace the Sioux.

(Source: New Zealand Defence Force; issued March 31, 2005)

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Thanks to Vincent Pirard :-)


03 April 2005
New Zealand Picks NH Industries to Supply Air Force Helicopters

New Zealand has selected NH Industries to supply new NH90 helicopters to replace the New Zealand Air Force’s UH-1B Iroquois, Minister of Defence Mark Burton was quoted as announcing to several local news organizations.

The government plans to spend as much as NZ$550 million (US $389 million) to procure new helicopters, including the NH90 and a new light-utility helicopter to replace the current Sioux.

No decision has been made on the number of NH90s to be bought to replace the RNZAF’s fourteen Iroquois, which are nearing obsolescence.

(Source: press reports; published March 31, 2005)

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Thanks to Vincent Pirard :-)


26 March 2005
PT3 (F-ZWTJ) near Barcelonnette (France)


26 March 2005
Maiden Flight of the High-Cabin NH90 for the Swedish Armed Forces (F-ZWTG) - Exclusive photos of the aircraft on !

The first production NH90 helicopter in the high cabin version for the Swedish Armed Forces has performed its maiden flight at Eurocopter’s plant in Marignane, France, on March 18.

First (& beautiful) photos of the F-ZWTG !


02 February 2005
New photos of the first NH90 for Finland (F-ZWTF)

C. Alexandre Dubath


29 January 2005
Soon the first flight of the NH90 for Sweden (with higher cabin)


21 January 2005
PT3 (F-ZWTJ) near Orléans (France)

Some photos..!


20 January 2005
Paolo Revelli-Beaumont appointed Deputy General Manager of NHI

NHI, Aix-en Provence. Paolo Revelli-Beaumont, aged 54, has been appointed Deputy General Manager of NHIndustries since the 3rd of January 2005. Formerly Commercial Director of the ATR Company in Toulouse, he replaced Domenico Vaccari who moved to new job on the NH90 Programme in AgustaWestland.


20 January 2005
German government signs (euro) 488-million private finance initiative program for NH90 helicopter training

Consortium of CAE, Eurocopter, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, and Thales awarded contract for the first PFI project of the German Armed Forces in the field of military aircrew training

> Direct link to the news


20 January 2005
PT3 (F-ZWTJ) near Orléans (France)

The NH90 prototype n°3 is conducting cold weather trials.
Soon some pictures of the trials !


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