Pictures : courtesy Belgian Air Force

December 14th, 2005

“following the proposition of the Belgian Ministry of Defence Mr. André Flahaut, the Council Minister authorised today the launching of the procedure for the acquisition of 10 NH90 multirole helicopters by entering into the International Programme Organisation NAHEMO.”
It is the intention of Belgium to acquire the NH90s and relative support through the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), which represents the Governments that launched the Design and Development of the NH90 Helicopters in 1991, namely France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands, joined by Portugal in 2001.
NAHEMA manages and controls the overall NH90 Programme.
The helicopters will have to provide Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime and transport capabilities
The NH90 is a new generation military helicopter equipped with modern technology and systems able to perform tactical transport, naval, SAR and “Utility” missions by day/night and in adverse weather conditions. This twin engine, medium/heavy class helicopter features a corrosion free carbon fibre fuselage, fly-by-wire controls, composite rotor and many other leading edge features.
NHIndustries is the company created by Agusta, Eurocopter, and StorkFokker for the NH90 Programme management. The NHIndustries responsibility covers the design, the development, the production, the marketing and sales, and the in service support for the NH90 all over the world.
The NH90 back-log totals today 357 firm orders, 120 options and now more than 73 announced selections by 18 Armed Forces of 14 Countries overseas.
The NH90 will bring its Users towards true rationalisation, standardisation, and interoperability among Armed Forces thanks to tailoring specific mission requirements and growth potential capabilities, which can be exploited throughout its lifetime.

April 27th, 2007

The Belgian government has decided today, during a Council of Ministers, to procure 10 NH90 helicopters, consisting of 8 firm orders (4 TTH and 4 NFH) plus 2 optional aircraft.
This is the confirmation of the strong interest shown by Belgium towards the NH90 since the very early stages of the Programme, when Belgium was involved with the first design studies launch by NATO.
Belgium is now the 14th country ordering the NH90 and the 2nd country, after Portugal in 2001, to join the international programme organisation, NAHEMO, which was initially formed in order to gather the National Armament Directors of the 4 countries which have instigated the NH90 Programme; i.e. France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands joined by Portugal in 2001.
The Belgian industry will benefit from to the procurement of NH90 helicopters through an extensive industrial cooperation programme.
With 4 NFH and 4 TTH, the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue, Naval and Tactical Transport capabilities.
The NH90 is a new generation military helicopter equipped with modern technology and systems able to perform any kind of mission by day or night and in adverse weather conditions. The NH90 features a corrosion-free carbon fibre fuselage, fly-by-wire controls, composite rotors and many other leading edge technologies.
NHIndustries is also pleased to announce that the NH90 will be presented to the Belgian public (Static Display only – Live instrument panel) on the occasion of the next national aeronautical event “Helidays” in Bierset from 12th to 13th May 2007.
The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 102 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are in progress with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning 76 additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions.

June 19th, 2007

A formal decision by Belgium to acquire NH90 helicopters taken on 27 April 2007, NAHEMA signed yesterday afternoon the purchase contract for 10 NH90 helicopters for Belgium at the Cercle Militaire Saint-Augustin in Paris, during the Paris Air Show 2007.
The order for 10 NH90 consists of 4 TTH and 4 NFH plus 2 optional TTH aircraft.
With both TTH and NFH versions, the NH90 helicopters will provide the Belgian Armed Forces with maritime and tactical transport capabilities. One of the primary missions of these aircraft will be to provide Belgium with an advanced Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. These aircraft will be operated by the “Air component” of Belgian Armed Forces, regrouping under a unique command all military flying equipment of Belgium.
Belgium represents the 14th customer ordering the NH90 and the 6th country to join NAHEMO, the international NH90 Programme organisation gathering France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and then Portugal.
The twin-engine, medium-size NH90 helicopter is provided by the consortium NHIndustries, the Company owned by AgustaWestland (32%), Eurocopter (62.5%), and Stork Fokker (5.5%).
The NH90 helicopter programme is the largest ever launched in Europe, with firm orders now reaching 453 units plus 60 options to equip and modernize the Armed Forces of France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Oman, Australia, New-Zealand, Spain and Belgium. Final negotiation steps are yet under process with several other Defence Forces to secure contracts concerning additional NH90, both in the Tactical Transport and Naval versions. To date, four NH90 are delivered to the German customer.

April 2011

The pictures of the first Belgian Air Force helicopter on the assembly line.

May 2012

Serial numbers and colour for the new NH90 NFH & TTH for the Belgian Air Force revealed.

- Serials NFH model : RN01, RN02, RN03, RN04 

- Serials TTH model : RN05, RN06, RN07, RN08

- Colours NFH model : Gull grey, gloss 15-25 GU - Mankiewicz topcoat paint Alexit 472-22, colour acc. FED-STD-595 FS 26440, -

- Colours TTH model : Dark green compliant to FSTD 595E (colour's name FS24079) - PPG COATING CA8351.

Source: Belga

 

   
   
2012
   
The first Belgian NH-90 on assembly line in April 2012.
Note the low visibility roundels and fin flash !
(Courtesy EADS / Getty Images)
The first Belgian NH-90 during trial flight
at Marignane (France) on September 18th..
This TTH model (Tactical Transport Helicopter) will be th RN05
(see May 2012 news above)
(Courtesy Eurocopter)
   
First TTH model RN05 delivered at Marignano in December 2012
 (Eurocopter)
First flight NFH version RN01 on April 2012
(Eurocopter via Bruno Ghils)

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