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Protective covers for German NH90s

2nd April 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Air Covers has received a contract to provide environmental protective covers to the German Bundeswehr for its NH90 helicopters.

The covers were requested to reduce the maintenance burden and increase aircraft availability on operations by protecting against ice, humidity, sand, salt, heat and ultra violet conditions. They will be used in North Africa and the Arctic.

Air Covers used laser scanners, five-axis milling and 3D modelling facilities to modify the covers for the German NH90. The company has previously received a contract to supply protective covers for the Bundeswehr’s Tiger helicopters.

John Pattinson, CEO, Air Covers, said: ‘Aircraft maintainers and support engineers need fitted protection that is lightweight, easy to fit and made from fully tested technical fabrics.

‘It is not hard to make a windshield wrap for an aircraft but that will not do much for you when the aircraft is lashed to the deck in 60kts and the sea’s running through the skids. You need full protection. Sandstorms, 50° below, ocean crossings and sandstorms - this is where we work.’

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