The first Patria assembled Swedish NH90 helicopter
Successful in its test flights
Marignane, 05 April 2007
The first high-cabin NH90 transport helicopter destined for the Swedish Defence Forces and assembled by Patria in Finland has flown successfully its first test flights. This helicopter is the third Swedish NH90 to take off after the two others have been test-flown and assembled by Eurocopter in Marignane, France. Of the 18 NH90 ordered by the government of Sweden, 14 are to be assembled in Finland.
The average duration of the test flights was 1 hour and 30 minutes. This important milestone of the NH90 program demonstrates the capacity of all industrial partners involved in this program to achieve a sustained and regular ramping up pace.
Patria has already assembled the standard NH90 transport version for the Finnish Defence Forces, which test flights have also fulfilled all expectations. Patria is responsible for assembling most of the Nordic NH90 ordered by Sweden, and Finland. Patria’s teams have been working very closely for the past 3 years with Eurocopter and its partners to acquire the requested knowledge and skills to assemble and maintain the NH90.
The Finnish assembly line is the 4th operational line assembling the NH90, beside the ones based in France, Germany and Italy. A fifth assembly line, based in Australia, will start producing the Australian NH90, called MRH90, later this year.
PatriaPatria is a defence and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52% percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30% percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,500 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.
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