Belgian Air Force Demo Team 2012
   Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Christian Debrabanter sbap 2013

As provided in the schedule published by the air component, the first NH-90 will take part of the Belgian Air National Day parade. The RN05 is arrived at Beauvechain air base Thursday, July 18th at around 6:00 p.m. local. Departed from Marignane in the morning, the crew made a fuel stop in Dijon and finally reached the Brabant base. The helicopter should head back to Marignane on July 22nd, the helicopter is still based in the south of France for the crew training purposes.

(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Christian Debrabanter) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) (Christian Debrabanter)
Press presentation of July 19th
Text & Pictures: Marc Arys sbap 2013

On July 19, 2013 the Belgian NH90 TTH RN05 was presented to the press at Beauvechain airbase. The presentation was introduced by Col Hillewaert and led by the Minister of Defence (MOD) Pieter De Crem assisted by the Chief of Defence (CHOD) General Avi Gerard Van Caelenberge and Lt Col Avi Jean-Dider Vandezande, NH90 program manager. The only actual setback is the delayed delivery of the helicopters. At this moment the penalties encountered for these delays amount a ere of 10.000.000 euros (out of an order of 300.000.000 euros).

After the conference the gathered press was given the opportunity to have a detailed look at the NH90 in flight as well as on the apron. The RN05 was flown by Lt Col Avi Michel Gelders, Lt Avi Valery Dessers and Adj-chef Rik Deprez.

The helicopter will depart Beauvechain airbase on Monday July 22, 2013 to fly back to LeLuc for further instruction time with the Belgian crews.


Status of the Belgian NH90 fleet:

The Belgian Defence ordered 4 NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) and 4 NH90 NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopter). As Lt Col Vandezande pointed out, these are in fact two helicopter systems on a common basis, both with an extraordinary role and configuration flexibility.

NH90 NFH is equipped with multi-redundant systems, a ballistic tolerant design, 360 tactical radar, a ship EMI/EMC compatibility, rescue hoist, bubbled side windows, 1 TACCO/SENSO cabin console, a SX16 Nightsun searchlight, Tactical Forward Looking Infrared (Tactical FLIR), EWS suite (ESM, chaffs & flares), cargo hook, deck lock system (Harpoon), datalink and telebriefing capability, emergency floats and automatic blades and tail folding system.

The Belgian Transport version (TBEA) is built at the Marignane (France) facility and managed by EUROCOPTER FRANCE as where the Naval version (NBEN) is built at Donauworth (Germany) managed by EUROCOPTER GERMANY.


Delivery calendar:

-         TBEA 01 was delivered on December 21, 2012

-         NBEN 02 scheduled July/August 2013

-         Six other NH90 will be delivered during 2013-2014


The delivery schedule depending on the possibilities of the production lines for all NH90 and the purveying of equipment and sub-assemblies


Actual situation TBEA 01:

-         TBEA 01 was delivered on December 21, 2012

-         Training of the technicians : January till April 2013

-         Training of the first 4 pilots and crew members : May July 2013

-         The helicopter flew 86 hours, 20 of which during the production process and 66 to train the pilots and the crews


Actual situation NBEN 01:

-         Acceptance fase started on June 27, 2013

-         Delivery scheduled : July 31, 2013

-         August 2013 will see the helicopter flown to Marignane for instruction of the technicians, pilots and crew members

-         End of the training period : April 2014

Kol Hillewaert

MOD Pieter De Crem, CHOD Gerard Van Caelenberge, Lt Kol Vandezande

Lt Kol Vandezande The future for the Belgian Air Force
In flight presentation RN05...the first TTH version
Back on ground MOD Pieter De Crem and CHOD Gerard Van Caelenberge,
seem charmed by the new helicopter
Gerard Van Caelenberge at command The large glass cockpit
Gerard Van Caelenberge, conquered by the machine? Low Viz cocarde
Self protecting suit Automatic folding tail
Hoist Tactical FLIR
Main Characteristics

External Dimensions

Overall dimensions (rotors turning):

- Length 19.56 m 64.18 ft

- Width 16.30 m 53.48 ft

- Height 5.31 m 17.42 ft  



- Maximum Gross Weight 10,600 kg 23,369 lb

- Alternate Gross Weight 11,000 kg 24,250 lb

- Empty Weight 6,400 kg 14,109 lb

- Useful Load 4,200 kg 9,260 lb


Cargo Capacity

- Cargo Hook 4,000 kg 8,818 lb

- Single or dual Rescue Hoist 270 kg 595 lb

- Rescue Hoist on ground 400 kg 880 lb



Fuel Capacity

- 7-Cell Internal System 2,035 kg 4,486 lb

- Internal Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each) 400 kg 882 lb

- External Auxiliary Fuel Tanks (each) 292 kg 644 lb

or 500 kg 1,102 lb


Internal Dimensions

- Width 2.00 m 6.56 ft

- Length 4.80 m 15.75 ft

- Height 1.58 m 5.18 ft

- Volume 15.20 m 536.78 ft

- Sliding doors opening 1.60 x 1.50 m 5.25 x 4.92 ft

- Rear ramp opening 1.78 x 1.58 m 5.84 x 5.18 ft


NH90 General Performance ( Basic Aircraft)

Maximum Cruise Speed (*) 300 km/h 162 kts

Economical Cruise Speed (*) 260 km/h 140 kts

Maximum Rate Of Climb (*) 11.2 m/sec 2,200 ft/min

OEI Rate Of Climb 2 min Rating (*) 4.3 m/sec 850 ft/min

OEI Rate Of Climb Continuous Rating at 2000 m (6560 ft)(*) 1.5 m/sec 300 ft/min

Hover Ceiling IGE (*) 3,200 m 10,500 ft

Hover Ceiling OGE (*) 2,600 m 8,530 ft

Maximum Range 982 km 530 Nm

Maximum Range with 2500 kg payload 900 km 486 Nm

Maximum Endurance 5 h

Ferry Range (with Internal Aux Fuel Tanks) 1,600 km 864 Nm
(*) at 10000Kg

NHIndustries stucture (Courtesy NHI/Eurocopter)

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