Germany has selected the NH90 to replace its existing fleet of Sea Lynx naval helicopters, as it moves towards a single-type frontline rotary fleet.
The Marineflieger (German Naval Aviation) previously ordered 18 examples of the NH Industries product to replace its ageing Sea Kings; now the NH90 will also supersede its 22-strong fleet of Westland Sea Lynx Mk88A anti-submarine warfare helicopters.
An undisclosed number of NH90s are to be procured under the recommendation of Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, inspector general of the country’s armed forces.
Deliveries of the new batch of NH90s will begin in 2025.
These Multi-Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH) aircraft will be configured to a standard similar to the French Navy NH90 Caïman NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH).
The acquisition still needs to pass through parliament in Berlin, where an appropriate bill will be tabled next year.
The initial batch of 18 NH90 Sea Lions are already replacing the Marineflieger fleet of 21 Westland Sea King Mk41s used in the search and rescue and troop transport roles. The Sea Lions are being assembled at the Airbus Helicopters plant at Donauwörth.