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The head of the Direction Générale pour l'Armement (DGA), Laurent Collet-Billon, told the French parliament's defense committee Oct. 20 that the French Army is due next year to receive its first NH90 TTH helicopter and the French Navy its first Nato Frigate Helicopter (NFH), the naval version of the NH90. The DGA is the French government's defense procurement office.
France ordered 34 NH90 TTH aircraft to partly replace aging Puma and Cougar transport helicopters flown by the Army Aviation Corps.
The Spanish NH90 flew for the first time with the General Electric CT7-8F5 twin-engine set specified by the Spanish authorities, NHIndustries said. The standard engines offered on the NH90 are the Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca RTM322 or the GE T700.
Spain has ordered 45 NH90s, with the first helicopter to be delivered in 2012. The first two Spanish aircraft will be built at Marignane, with the remaining 43 assembled at the Albacete facility of Eurocopter Spain.
The first Spanish NH90 will be sent to Albacete next year to complete development flights to allow certification by Spain's Ministry of Defense.
NH90 español. Foto: foro de las fas.
The NH90 program is managed by NHIndustries, a consortium held 62.5 percent by Eurocopter, a subsidiary of EADS; 32 percent by AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Italy's Finmeccanica group; and 5.5 percent by Fokker Aerostructures, a unit of Fokker Aerospace of the Netherlands. Fourteen European countries have ordered 529 NH90s to equip 19 armed forces.fuente: http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=5261398&c=EUR&s=AIR
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