The NH Industries NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter for German Navy took off on its on-schedule maiden flight at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, Germany.
Deliveries of the helicopter to the German Navy will start at the end of 2019. When deployed, it will take on a range of roles including search and rescue (SAR) missions, maritime reconnaissance, special forces missions as well as personnel and materiel transportation tasks. Germany ordered 18 helicopters, with the last due to go into service in 2022.
The second helicopter awaiting qualification testing is currently at the final assembly stage and series production at Donauwörth will commence in the summer of 2017.