NH90 tactical transport helicopter

Cassidian has been awarded a contract modification for the supply of eight Einsatz Unterstützungsanlage (EUA) systems to support the German Army NH90 tactical transport helicopter’s (TTH) forward air medical evacuation (FwdAirMedEvac) missions in Afghanistan.

The contract extension awarded by the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) follows the contract previously awarded in May 2011 to provide systems for Tiger Afghanistan Stabilisation German Army Rapid Deployment (ASGARD) helicopter.

ASGARD helicopters are scheduled to support the FwdAirMedEvac mission in Afghanistan starting from October 2012.
The mobile EUA operations system offers mission control, preparation and planning support for the helicopters, while providing the German Army Aviation soldiers with a base for emergency medical care in crisis areas by the end of 2012.

The system integrates the helicopters capabilities into the integrated military command, which is ensured through the German Army C3I System (FuInfoSys H), for both MedEvac and armed support missions.

The system enhances operational efficiency and reduces the operating costs which improve the capabilities of helicopter squadrons, especially in international missions.

Built with an updated software configuration, the system can be readily used on all German army as well as air force helicopters including the support helicopter (UH) Tiger, TTH, NH90 light transport helicopter (LTH) and CH-53GA transport helicopter.

The system is also expected to be used for supporting the missions of the Spanish Tiger helicopters HAD and HAP variants from the end of 2012.

The German NH90 TTH is twin-engine, medium-lift helicopter designed to perform evacuation missions over any terrain, day or night and in all weather and visual flight conditions irrespective of the threat scenario.

A total of 122 NH90 TTH helicopters were ordered by Germany, of which 80 are for the Army airborne units and the remaining 42 will be used by the air force.

Image: German NH-90 TTH is designed to transport troops for conducting FwdAirMedEvac missions. Photo: Igge.