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Aerospace Forum Sweden 2012: Finnish helicopter battalion moves towards international operation readiness

6th June 2012 - 08:16 GMT | by Tony Osborne in Linkoping, Sweden


The Finnish Army's helicopter battalion is preparing for the delivery of its first NH90 in the fully operational configuration (FOC).

The unit - based at Utti - will take delivery of the first FOC aircraft during the autumn. Work will then begin on converting the other NH90s in the fleet, which are currently in the interim and interim-plus (IOC and IOC+) configuration into the FOC version.

Finland is one of the leading operators of the NH90. Having taken delivery of its first aircraft in March 2008, the aircrews at the battalion have now amassed more than 3,500 flying hours with

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Tony Osborne


Tony Osborne

Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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