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The NH90 Helicopter

RNZAF NH90s at Exercise Southern Katipo 2017

The NH90 is an advanced medium utility helicopter, capable of undertaking a wide variety of roles. It incorporates new and sustainable technologies and represents a substantial improvement on the Iroquois. The NH90 provides the NZDF with a contemporary, highly capable and deployable helicopter that can be used for frontline military and civil operations.

There are eight NH90 helicopters in the RNZAF fleet. 

The NH90 can carry up to 12 fully equipped soldiers or up to 18 lightly equipped troops (allowing for door gunners). It can carry up to 9 stretchers plus medical staff or palletised cargo; it can also lift the Army’s Light Operational Vehicle.

It has the capability to support ground operations, disaster relief, search and rescue, counter-drug operations and counter terrorism. Police, Customs, Maritime NZ, Civil Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZAID and the Department of Conservation are able to make effective use of the NH90.

Aircraft NH90
Manufacturer NATO Helicopter Industries (NHI) (France)
Power plant 2 x Rolls-Royce Turbomecca RTM 322-01/9; 2,227 SHP each)
Length 19.56m (rotors turning)
Width 4.62m (fuselage and stabilator)
Height 5.23m (rotors turning)
Max weight 10,600kg, can be extended to 11,000kg in certain operational situations
Max underslung load 3,300kg
Max speed 300kph (164kts)
Fuel 2035 kgs (internal), two 500kg external fuel tanks
Range 780km (420nm) with internal fuel
Endurance 4.5 hours on internal fuel
Crew Two pilots and one or two Helicopter Loadmasters (HLM)
Capacity Eighteen troops in light order and 12 troops in full combat gear (allowing for door gunners)