CannibalZ3 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 392 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 914 times:
Can someone enlighten me as to the current status? I hear a lot about other helicopter programs, but I know nothing about the NH-90, other then that it has orders down in several countries. Is the NH-90 a better helicopter then other helicopters offered in the replacement contests? Does Sikorsky have any orders at all for it's S-92?
Steman From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 1299 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 868 times:
The NH-90 is a well established programme and is far from being dead.
It has been recently ordered for series production with a first batch of more than 200 examples. I can tell you that the Italian Armed Forces (notably the Air Cavalry and the Navy) have a requirement already apporved of more than 200 examples. The total for the 5 Countries (Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Portugal) is more than 700.
There are already 3 flying prototypes and the production has begun so the NH-90 can be considered a succesful story, despite it took decades to realize.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 862 times:
hmm, wonder why the Netherlands are so quiet about it...
No news at all about new choppers for the Navy about to enter production (I know some were ordered to replace the Lynx, but with the dismantlement of our fleet there is little need).
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 855 times:
The Dutch aren't al that quiet about it. Although news about it is few and far between. A few months ago there was something of a riot in the parlement because the NH-90 proved to be way more expensive than it's competitor (Sikorksy something-hawk). It was all over the news papers. Chief among them the "Telegraaf".