On 17 December, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk). The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space.
«In terms of versatility and customisability, the Swedish NH90 ASW demonstrates the benefits of an integrated, highly powerful, fly-by-wire helicopter platform», said Wolfgang Schoder, Head of Light and Governmental Programmes at Airbus Helicopters. «Specially tailored for its maritime missions and the operative environment in the Baltic Sea, this helicopter is best-suited for the customer’s requirements».
In total, Sweden has ordered 18 NH90, 13 equipped for Search-and-Rescue missions (SAR) and five in ASW configuration. In the frame of today’s delivery, FMV and the manufacturer NHIndustries have also signed a contract to modify four already delivered NH90 from SAR to ASW configuration, bringing the total Swedish NH90 fleet to nine ASW and nine SAR aircraft.
Prior to delivery, the aircraft has been thoroughly tested by the Swedish acceptance team in Donauwörth and over water in Marignane.
Several military services around the globe are already operating the NH90 in search & rescue, tactical transport, ASW or surveillance missions over sea. «With 260 NH90s already delivered to 13 different nations and nearly 100,000 flying hours in operation, this combat-proven helicopter is now confirming its worth at the hands of the most demanding customers around the globe», said Schoder.
Management of the NH90 program is handled by the NHIndustries consortium, which is owned by Airbus Helicopters (62.5%), AgustaWestland (32%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
|Overall dimensions (rotors turning)|
|Length||64.18 feet/19.56 m|
|Width||53.48 feet/16.30 m|
|Height||17.42 feet/5.31 m|
|Maximum Gross Weight||23,369 lbs/10,600 kg|
|Alternate Gross Weight||24,250 lbs/11,000 kg|
|Empty Weight||14,109 lbs/6,400 kg|
|Useful Load||9,260 lbs/4,200 kg|
|Cargo Hook||8,818 lbs/4,000 kg|
|Single or dual Rescue Hoist||595 lbs/270 kg|
|Rescue Hoist on ground||880 lbs/400 kg|
|7-Cell Internal System||4,486 lbs/2,035 kg|
|Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each)||882 lbs/400 kg|
|External Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each)||644 lbs/292 kg or 1,102 lbs/500 kg|
|Width||6.56 feet/2.00 m|
|Length||15.75 feet/4.80 m|
|Height||5.18 feet/1.58 m|
|Volume||536.78 feet³/15.20 m³|
|Sliding doors opening||5.25 × 4.92 feet/1.60 × 1.50 m|
|Rear ramp opening||5.84 × 5.18 feet/1.78 × 1.58 m|
|NH90 General Performance (Basic Aircraft)|
|Maximum Cruise Speed*||162 knots/186 mph/300 km/h|
|Economical Cruise Speed*||140 knots/161 mph/260 km/h|
|Maximum Rate Of Climb*||2,200 feet/min/11.2 m/sec|
|One Engine Inoperative (OEI) Rate Of Climb 2 min Rating*||850 feet/min/4.3 m/sec|
|OEI Rate Of Climb Continuous Rating at 6,560 feet/2,000 m*||300 feet/min/1.5 m/sec|
|Hover Ceiling In Ground Effect (IGE)*||10,500 feet/3,200 m|
|Hover Ceiling Out of Ground Effect (OGE)*||8,530 feet/2,600 m|
|Maximum Range||530 NM/610 miles/982 km|
|Maximum Range with 5,511.5 lbs/2,500 kg payload||486 NM/559 miles/900 km|
|Maximum Endurance||5 h|
|Ferry Range (with Internal Aux Fuel Tanks)||864 NM/994 miles/1,600 km|
* At 22,046 lbs/10,000 kg