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Spanish Air Force receives its first NH90 TTH
NHIndustries and its partner companies Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker have delivered the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) for the Spanish Air Force.
The air force will operate a fleet of 12 to boost their SAR and CSAR mission capabilities, Airbus noted in a 14 October statement. These NH90 TTHs will replace an aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas.
Airbus did not disclose the value of the procurement, but Shephard Defence Insight estimates a unit cost of €64.8 million ($75.8 million), which would give an overall cost of about €780 million for the 12 helicopters.
In all, Spain has ordered 45 NH90 TTHs for its armed forces (with the designation HT-29 Caiman) of which 13 have already been delivered to the Army Airmobile Force.
The Spanish variant of the NH90 features General Electric CT7 8F5 engines, a personalised communications system and a an EW system developed by Indra. The helicopters will be supported by FFS and other training devices, automatic maintenance equipment and an Indra automatic mission planning system.
Airbus Helicopters in Spain is involved in the manufacturing of the fuselage and the avionics software development and integration.
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