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Spain’s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Tue May 24, 2005 5:05 am

Spain’s Government Selects the NH 90 Helicopter for its Armed Forces


(Source: Eurocopter; issued May 20, 2005)


MARIGNANE, France --- Eurocopter welcomes the Spanish government’s choice of the NH90 helicopter for the modernization of its Armed forces.

Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of the Eurocopter Group said: “After the selection last year of the Eurocopter’s Tiger Combat helicopter, this first batch of 45 NH90 helicopters for the Spanish Forces will definitely establish Spain as the third pillar of the Eurocopter group”.

As France, Germany and Australia did previously, Spain has now also selected the two most modern helicopter solutions in their category: the Tiger Combat helicopter and the NH90 Multipurpose helicopter.

This operational choice will also increase and secure in the long term Eurocopter Espana’s industrial presence in Albacete and Getafe as well as reinforce its Spanish partners.

Fabrice Brégier concluded saying: “This decision is an important signal as far as the European Defence construction is concerned and I am very proud that Eurocopter is contributing to it”.

The NH90 helicopter has already been ordered or selected by 12 other countries for a total of more than 350 aircraft plus options.

The twin-engine NH90 is the world’s most advanced multi-role helicopter which integrates fly-by-wire technology, along with the latest composite materials to minimize corrosion and maximize survivability and life cycle. The NH90 can carry up from 16 to 20 equipped troops and its versatility makes the NH90 suitable for all types of land and naval missions, such as troop transport, amphibious operations, search and rescue and counter-terrorism.
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
 
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RE: Spain�s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Tue May 24, 2005 7:14 am

Wow... the NH-90 train gains more and more momentum. Is it true that every export heli sold lowers the unit price for the original program members as R&D costs (advanced by the original program members) are spread over a broader range of customers? AFAIK the German interior ministry still plans to order about 20 NH-90 to replace the old SA-330 Pumas, but they are lacking funds.
 
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RE: Spain’s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Tue May 24, 2005 12:20 pm

Just shows how good a bird this thing really is. Has it actually lost a competition yet? It is positioned so well to be below EH-101 and S-92 and above the Blackhawk range.
Here's hoping Australia gets more than the 12 on order!
 
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RE: Spain’s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Tue May 24, 2005 8:30 pm

Quote:
Has it actually lost a competition yet?

The Danish binned it in favour of the EH-101
 
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RE: Spain’s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Tue May 24, 2005 9:23 pm

Quoting Contact_tower (Reply 3):
The Danish binned it in favour of the EH-101

The EH101 (14-15t) is far bigger and heavier and therefore does not directly compete with the NH-90 (8-9t). Requests for proposals usually specify which weight class or lift performance is desired. It's a bit odd that the EH101 and the NH-90 reportedly took part in same competition ...

But ok, when Austria bought the UH-60L it also competed against the Puma which is bigger and heavier ...
 
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RE: Spain�s Government Selects The NH 90 Helicopter Fo

Wed May 25, 2005 3:53 am

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The EH101 (14-15t) is far bigger and heavier and therefore does not directly compete with the NH-90

Well......the NH90 competed with the EH-101, S-92, S-70 and EC Cougar in for the Nordic Standard Helicopter Program (NSHP), the Danes left the program and chose the EH-101. As we know the rest setteled on the NH90. (There are some legal problems regarding the options for SAR helos for the RNoAF, but still)

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