Delivers 8th NH90 NFH Caiman to France’s DGA for its Deployment
by the French Navy
delivered the French DGA’s first NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter
(NFH) in its new Step B version, to be used by the French Navy. This
aircraft will join the fleet of seven NFHs already delivered to the
French Navy in the first standard configuration..
NH90 Caïman in flight (video:
new naval variant of the NH90 represents a significant and eagerly-awaited
step for the French Navy,” added Maudet. “It provides the
French Army with an aircraft equipped with new functions that better
respond to operational requirements, particularly in anti-surface and
The NH90 NFH boasts a state-of-the-art weapons system that combines
– as part of a high-performance platform – a package of
ultra-modern electronic, acoustic and optronic sensors as well as weapons
loads adapted to anti-ship and anti-submarine missions. The helicopter
also performs SAR, amphibious, maritime surveillance and anti-piracy
NH90 NFH Caïman helicotper with a Rafale M (picture:
The six NH90 final assembly
lines currently operational in France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Australia,
and Spain are under the supervision of NHIndustries, a consortium
jointly owned by Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and Fokker Aerostructures,
which respectively hold 62.5 percent, 32 percent and 5.5 percent stakes.
To date, 133 NH90s have been delivered to 14 countries, and together
they have logged more than 31,000 flight hours.