Airbus Helicopters NH90




Airbus Helicopters (NHIndustries) NH90


Twin-engine medium sized multi-role helicopter



Following the April 2007 approval by the Belgian Government's confirmation, the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA) which manages the design, development, production and logistics of the NH90, signed on behalf of Belgium, a contract with NHIndustries to supply Belgium with a total of ten NH90 helicopters. These ten NH90 include four aircraft in the TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) version, four in the NFH (NATO Frigate Helicopter) version - and two options. The ceremony took place on June 18 2007, at the Cercle Militaire Saint- Augustin in Paris in the margin of the Le Bourget trade Show. Belgium was the 14th country ordering the NH90 and the sixth to join NAHEMA, the international program organisation representing Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Portugal. On September 18th, 2012 the first NH90 (TTH version) destined for Belgium made its initial flight and was delivered to its home base Beauvechain on October 2nd, 2013. In January 2014 the NH Industries company name was officially changed into Airbus Helicopters. In Belgian military service the factory designation TTH is not used but rather NH90 MTH (Multi-purpose Transport Helicopter).


Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
RN-01 (NFH) -/NBEN01 Aug 2013 active  RN-01, first flight Donauwörth(D.) 13 Apr 2013 as 98+51 used for training at Marignane (F.), 31 Jul 2014 arrived at Koksijde
RN-02 (NFH) 1041/NBEN02 May 2014 active 98+52, RN-02, delivered to Koksijde airbase on 09 May 2014
RN-03 (NFH) -/NBEN03 Dec 2014 active 98+53, testing, delivered on 02 Dec 2014
- RN-04 (NFH) -/NBEN04 Aug 2015 retrofit Being retrofitted to the latest standards at Donauwörth
RN-05 (TTH) 1237/TBEA01 Dec 2012 active RN-05, first flight Marignane (F.) 18 Sep 2012 as F-ZWBE.  Handed over to the Belgian Defence on 21 Dec 2012.
RN-06 (TTH) 1296/TBEA02 Jan 2014 active F-ZWCD, RN-06, delivered at Beauvechain airbase on 24 Jan 2014
RN-07 (TTH) 1297/TBEA03 Jun 2014 active F-ZWCM, RN-07, delivered to Beauvechain airbase on 13 June  2014
RN-08 (TTH) -/TBEA04 Nov 2014 active Handed over to Belgian MoD at Marignane (F.) on 14 Nov 2014.
  Note: Two more NH90 helicopters were on option for the Belgian Air Force but have not been taken up because of budgetary resstrictions.
Belgian Air Force’s 18th Squadron “Initial Operational Capable” on NH-90 MTH. (Belgian Wings Special Report)
Formation flight of all four BAF NH90 MTH helicopters.(Belgian Wings Special Report)
First Belgian NH 90 TTH at Beauvechain Airbase (Belgian Wings Special Report)
Belgian NH90 helicopters under construction
Foreign NH90 helicopters in Belgium



Last updated 13/05/19 09:33   Daniel Brackx