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Walkaround NHI NH90 helicopter

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The NHI NH90 is a medium sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter manufactured by NHI Industries. In 1985 France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom teamed to develop a NATO battlefield transport and anti-ship/anti-submarine helicopter for the 1990s. Design work on the helicopter started in 1993. Several countries pulled out of the project. The first prototype made the first flight on 18 December 1995. It took much effeort to get it operational, with still problems there today. Gradually it is being put into use armed forces of France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile many countries have ordered the type, often ecah NH90 is tailored to customer needs by the now Airbus Helicopters consortium (former Eurocopter with the NHI partners).


NH90 Defensie Helicopter Commando

It is also being introduced by the Dutch "Defensie Helicopter Commando", particularly for the Navy air service. This helicopter was photographed at De Kooy airfield near Den Helder, The Netherlands.

Photographed September 2007, by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 Defensie Helicopter Commando (Test aircraft)

A test NH90 in Dutch paint scheme and markings was seen at De Kooy airfield near Den Helder, The Netherlands. It had number "N 088" .

Photographed September 2006, by  Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Again, the test NH90 in Dutch paint scheme with number "N 088" , now seen during the Navy Days in Den Helder July 2006.

Photographed July 2006, by  Marcel Bouman (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 Prototype and Pre-production

A NH90 was seen at the Paris Le Bourget airshow. It had a tiny Dutch flag on the tail as also the Dutch Industry participated in the project and at that time the type was still to be ordered for the Dutch Armed Forces. An order was placed in 1984 for the Dutch armed forces. (The photographer of these pictures worked on a preliminary design for the NH90 during his university aerospace MSc. thesis in 1985).

Photographed July 2002, by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 Dutch DHC

This Dutch NH90 was seen  at Gilze Rijen AFB, June 2014.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 Dutch DHC

Dutch NH90 coded "N 325" was seen  at Leeuwaden AFB, June 2016.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 Belgium Air Component

The NH90 is also operated for the Belgian Armed Forces through their "air component". It was seen at Gilze Rijen AFB, June 2014.

Photographed by Meindert de Vreeze (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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NH90 TTH Belgium Air Component

The Belgian NH90 code "RN-07" is the Tactical Transport version and was seen at Leeuwarden AFB, June 2016.

Photographed by Cees Hendriks (C) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Various 1/72 scale models exist of the NH90, but many are of the prototypes. In 2011, Revell issued a kit of the production NH90 (TTH variant). In 2013, a very good Revell 1/72 model of a more production NH90 NFH was released although it still needs some small changes like bended  rotorblades. Revell also has a 1/144 kit.

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