Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

Second NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The Sea Lion is a custom variant of the NH90 NFH made for the German Navy. It is equipped with improved navigation and communications equipment permitting operation within civil airspace

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017.

Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months that will focus on avionics and software. Activities for the qualification of the delivery configuration will start over the course of 2018 once additional modifications have been made to the prototype.

Despite a very demanding timetable, the company is convinced that deliveries to the German Navy will start at the end of 2019. Final assembly of the first Sea Lion series-production aircraft also started recently; this will run in parallel to the qualification.

In the video: German Navy NH90 Sea Lion performs maiden flight

GERMAN NAVY'S VARIANT OF THE NH90 NFH

The NH90 Sea Lion is a variant specifically made for the German Navy  of the NH90 NFH. It is equipped with improved navigation and communications equipment permitting operation within civil airspace, along with additional sensors for military missions.

The identification friend or foe system was also updated. Deliveries of NH90 Sea Lions to the German Navy will start at the end of 2019. When deployed, it will take on a range of roles including search and rescue (SAR) missions, maritime reconnaissance, special forces missions as well as personnel and materiel transportation tasks. The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have ordered 18 of these helicopters altogether, with the last due to go into service in 2022. The second NH90 Sea Lion awaiting qualification testing is currently at the final assembly stage and series production at Donauwörth will commence in the summer of 2017.

In addition to its land-based use in SAR missions, the NH90 Sea Lion is also intended to operate on Type 702 (Berlin class) combat support ships.

On December 8, 2016, the NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter performed its maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth according to schedule. When deployed, it will take on a range of roles including search and rescue (SAR) missions, maritime reconnaissance, special forces missions as well as personnel and material transportation task.

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