- Anti Submarine Warfare
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Search and Rescue
- Synthetic Aperture Radar
The first high cabin version NH90 helicopter ordered by the Swedish Armed Forces
made its maiden flight at Eurocopter's facility in Marignane, France. The
55-minute flight took place on Friday, March 18, 2005.
The three-member crew declared at the end of the flight that the aircraft met
their expectations despite being a significantly modified variant of the NH90
medium-weight class helicopter. This maiden flight follows the German, Finnish
and Italian NH90 production aircraft maiden flights made during 2004.
Sweden has ordered a total of 18 firm order NH90s all of which to be delivered
in the high cabin version. The high cabin version features an increase of 24 cm
in the usable cabin height from 1.58 m of standard NH90 models to 1.82 meters of
the Swedish variant. A higher cabin translates into a more comfortable
environment, especially during long endurance missions.
The Swedish Armed Forces will assign 13 aircraft to the tactical transport
helicopter (TTH) and search and rescue (SAR) roles and the other five will carry
out anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. The NH90 is becoming the benchmark
for NATO tactical helicopters in the 21st century with 443 units on order. It
features fly-by-wire control system, a crash-resistant airframe, integrated
avionics and high-tech systems. All together makes NH90 a multi-purpose platform
suitable for international cooperative tasks.
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