Sweden Takes Delivery of First Full ASW NH90 Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first Swedish NH90 in full anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration FMV (Försvarets Materielverk) on December 17. The fully-qualified rotorcraft has an entirely customized mission system including underwater sonar, tactical radar and high cabin for improved interior space.
Wolfgang Schoder, Head of Light and Governmental Programmes at Airbus Helicopters, said: “In terms of versatility and customisability, the Swedish NH90 ASW demonstrates the benefits of an integrated, highly powerful, fly-by-wire helicopter platform. Specially tailored for its maritime missions and the operative environment in the Baltic Sea, this helicopter is best-suited for the customer’s requirements.”

In total, Sweden has ordered 18 NH90s, 13 of which are equipped for search-and-rescue missions (SAR), while the remaining five are in ASW configuration. During the delivery ceremony, FMV and the manufacturer NHIndustries also signed a contract to modify four already delivered NH90s from SAR to ASW configuration, bringing the total Swedish NH90 fleet to nine ASW and nine SAR aircraft.

Prior to delivery, the aircraft had been thoroughly tested by the Swedish acceptance team in Donauwörth, Germany, and over water in Marignane, France. Several military services worldwide are already operating the NH90 in search and rescue, tactical transport, ASW or surveillance missions over sea. Schoder said that 260 NH90s have already been delivered to 13 different nations and accumulated nearly 100,000 flying hours in operation. Alan Warnes