The NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter will be the successor of the Sea Lynx Mk 88A as the helicopter of the German Navy. This ensures a smooth transition and synergies in later operations.
The Federal Ministry of Defense has prepared this decision since the end of 2018 with the support of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and the Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw). The representative of the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, approved this proposal on 29 July.
The Navy is expected to receive from 2025 their new on-board helicopter. Its special designation is «Multi-Role Frigate Helicopter» (MRFH). It will be the German version of the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NH90 NFH), and closest to the French variant NFH (NFRS) Caiman.
The NFH already flies for the Italian, Norwegian, Belgian and Dutch naval forces.
As the next important milestone in the MRFH procurement process, the Bundestag will deal with a corresponding bill in 2020.
On-board helicopters are an integral part of the «frigate system». Equipped with sonar, radar and torpedoes, they are the essential sensor and weapons carriers in naval warfare, below as well as above water. They can also flexibly support maritime operations through transport and rescue missions.
|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