German Navy’s NH90 Sea Tiger Performs Maiden Flight

Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2025.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 05:43 AM, December 1, 2023
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German Navy’s NH90 Sea Tiger Performs Maiden Flight
NH90 Sea Tiger helicopter @Airbus

The first of 31 NH90 Sea Tigers for Germany took off on schedule for its maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters' site in Donauwörth.

The German Bundeswehr ordered 31 NH90 Sea Tiger multi-role frigate helicopters for the German Navy’s shipborne operations in 2020.

Airbus Helicopters is now entering a qualification phase that will focus on flight testing the helicopter and new systems to be installed on board the NH90 Sea Tiger. Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of 2025.

The helicopters will replace the German Navy’s ageing Mk88A Sea Lynx fleet which entered into service in 1981. The Bundeswehr already operates 18 NH90 Sea Lion naval transport helicopters which were delivered on schedule between 2019 and 2023.

The Sea Tiger is the latest version of the proven NH90 NFH (Naval Version). It has been specifically designed to match the needs of the German Navy for an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. Novelties include a new Electro-Optical System and improved Electronic Support Measures (ESM). On top, the Sea Tiger is equipped with a dipping sonar, sonobuoys, and weapons (torpedoes and missiles). The shipborne Sea Tigers’ missions include, in addition to reconnaissance and transport, engaging targets above and below the surface.

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