As agreed, the last batch of ten NH90 helicopters, previously ordered by the French Ministry of the Armed Forces, will be delivered in TFRA Standard 2 configuration at the start of 2025. The helicopters will be used by the French Special Forces.
The upgraded variant can be used as a tactical troop transporter in difficult weather.
The TFRA Standard 2 configuration will be fitted with Safran’s next-generation EuroFLIR electro-optical system (EOS) with displays and controls for pilots, commandos, gunners and loaders to enable coordinated mission planning.
The helicopter cabin will also feature a new rapid removable swing door system and a rapid rope beam.
Additionally, the upgraded version of the NH90 TTH will feature other upgrades such as a 3D digital map, folding boarding steps, and additional ceiling-mounted rope anchor points to meet Special Forces requirements.
A Distributed Aperture System (DAS) comprising fixed infrared cameras displaying 3D visuals in a helmet-mounted digital sighting display should also be added to assist pilots in piloting the helicopter in adverse environmental conditions.
Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NHIndustries and Head of Airbus Helicopters’ NH90 Program, said: “This opportunity brings transformative digital technologies to the NH90, which will make it even more efficient in precisely the kind of harsh conditions that Special Forces can cope today.
“We look forward to seeing it in service with the French Army and offering it to other NH90 customers.”