The Spanish Armed Forces has received the 300th NH90 production helicopter from NH Industries.
The aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET).
NHI president Vincent Dubrule said: “Delivering the 300th helicopter to the Spanish customer is a key milestone for the NH90 programme.
“We plan to advance further by unveiling innovative growth options in the future, and our customers can be assured of our commitment to provide outstanding support services to our frontline operators.”
The aircraft was assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final production line at Albacete to meet battlefield requirements such as transport, special operations, medical evacuation and search-and-rescue. It can also be used for naval missions such as anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-ship (ASuW) warfare.
Designed for maximum operational flexibility, the basic NH90 composite airframe is fitted with redundant fly-by-wire controls, and is produced in both tactical transport helicopter (TTH) for army missions and Nato frigate helicopter (NFH) for naval missions.
The NH90 was originally launched as a joint programme between France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Spain joined as a new customer in 2007.
To date, 515 NH90 helicopters have been ordered by military operators in 13 countries, and the global in-service fleet has recorded more than 120,000 operational flight hours.
Image: The aircraft was assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete to meet various battlefield requirements. Photo: courtesy of NH Industries.