German Navy NH-90 "Sea Tiger" helicopter performs maiden flight
It will replace "Sea Lynx" entered into service in 1981
The first NH-90 "Sea Tiger" helicopter took off on-schedule for its maiden flight, at Airbus Helicopters' site in Donauwörth, Germany. The German Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH-90 "Sea Tiger" multi role frigate helicopters for the German Navy’s shipborne operations in 2020.
Airbus Helicopters is now entering a qualification phase that will focus on flight testing the helicopter and new systems to be installed on board the NH90 Sea Tiger. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2025.
The helicopters will replace the German Navy’s ageing Mk88A Sea Lynx fleet which entered into service in 1981. The Bundeswehr already operates 18 NH90 Sea Lion naval transport helicopters which were delivered on schedule between 2019 and 2023.
The model is the latest version of the NH-90 NFH (Naval Version). It has been specifically designed to match the needs of the German Navy for a state of the art anti-submarine warfare helicopter. Novelties include a new Electro-Optical System and improved Electronic Support Measures (ESM). On top, the Sea Tiger is equipped with a dipping sonar, sonobuoys, and weapons (torpedoes and missiles). The shipborne Sea Tigers’ missions include, in addition to reconnaissance and transport, engaging targets above and below the surface.
135 naval units have already been delivered to six Nations and have completed over 90,000 flight hours in search and rescue, humanitarian, and military operations. There are more than 500 aircraft in service worldwide that have accumulated over 370,000 flight hours.
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