The French Army Aviation has taken delivery of an additional NH90 tactical transport helicopter Caiman (TTH) from NH Industries (NHI) during the Paris Air Show in France.

Assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, France, the helicopter is the 15th Caiman received to date by the French Army, and will join the 1st Combat Helicopters Regiment, based in Phalsbourg.

Approximately 34 NH90 helicopters were ordered by the French Defence Procurement Agency in December 2008, with options for an additional 34 aircraft, to help replace the army’s ageing fleet of SA 330 Puma helicopters.

NH Industries president Vincent Dubrule said: "The NH90 helicopter is today a proven helicopter, deployed and operational in various theatres of operation around the world with outstanding performances, and we are proud to work every day on such a versatile helicopter supporting our customers."

The next-generation helicopter is currently used by the French Army for tactical transport missions in Mali.

"We are proud to work every day on such a versatile helicopter supporting our customers."

Powered by two Rolls-Royce-Turbomeca RTM322 engines, the NH90 TTH is an advanced helicopter designed to perform logistics and utility transport, combat search and rescue, as well as heliborne operations.

The helicopter can also be used to perform casualty and medical evacuation, electronic warfare, special operations, counter-terrorism missions, airborne command post, and VIP transportation.

To date, NHI, a consortium of AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, and Fokker, has delivered approximately 245 helicopters in tactical transport and naval variants.

The helicopters are operated by forces in Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Greece, Oman, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand.

Image: NHI handed over the 15th NH90 Caiman TTH helicopter to the French Army. Photo: courtesy of NHIndustries.