Eurocopter added a large order to its book just before the Farnborough airshow opened when the Australian government signed a contract on June 30 for 34 more NH90 military helicopters for its army, increasing its total orders to 46 aircraft. Australia placed its first order for 12 MRH-90s, as they are designated down under, less than two years ago. Australian Aerospace, a Eurocopter subsidiary, will assemble 42 of the 46 MRH-90s. The company plans to invest A$15 million ($11.3 million) in a new composite manufacturing plant in Queensland.
The twin-engine, multi-mission, medium-weight NH90 is the largest helicopter program ever launched in Europe, with firm orders placed for 391 units and options for an additional 187. France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman and Australia have placed orders for the aircraft and New Zealand, Spain and Belgium have officially selected it.
Designed from the outset as a multi-role weapons system, the NH90’s tactical transport and naval variants share a common design. Dedicated specialized mission equipment packages provide operational flexibility.
The NH90 is produced by NH Industries.