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NH-90 helicopter support contract signed

To improve the availability rates of the two versions

NHIndustries has signed a NH-90 support contract with the NATO agency NAHEMA, acting as the contracting authority on behalf of the Direction générale de l'armement (the French Armament General Directorate) and the Direction de la maintenance aéronautique (the French Aeronautics Support Directory) for the French Ministry of the Armed Forces and the BAAINBww for the German Ministry of Defence. This contract will improve the availability rates of the NH-90 naval (NFH) and tactical (TTH) helicopters.

The NH-90 Operational Support (NOS) contract, which will be performance based, will see both nations delegating a major part of their logistics and maintenance activity to NHIndustries, enabling them to focus on their operations. The agreement was also designed in a way that allows additional Nations to join at any time.

Through the contract, NHIndustries takes full responsibility for ensuring the continuous flow of spare parts to France and Germany through a flight-hour-based service. It will manage the inventories of both nations, while also allocating resources to ensure that scheduled inspections and maintenance run seamlessly.
 Additionally, the contract includes a variety of catalogue services that can be activated as required by the entire community or by individual Nations, thus allowing maximum flexibility.
 The agreement covers five years of support with two optional extensions of five years each, for a total duration of 15 years. It will serve up to 100 NH-90s in France and up to 131 units in Germany.
This military helicopter is a modern, multi-role rotorcraft designed to meet the most stringent NATO standards. Developed in two versions –tactical transport (TTH) and NATO frigate helicopter (NFH)– the model contains a fully integrated mission system for operations in the most demanding conditions over land and sea, day and night. It has been ordered by fourteen Nations (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, Finland, Greece, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Spain and Sweden). 

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