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German Navy’s New Sea Tiger Helicopter Completes First Flight

The German Navy’s first NH90 Sea Tiger multi-role frigate helicopter has accomplished its maiden flight in Donauwörth, Bavaria.

The check is a part of a 2020 contract signed with Airbus Helicopters that ordered 31 Sea Tigers for the service’s shipborne missions.

Supply of the remaining helicopters will run till 2025. The fleet will change the navy’s growing old Mk88A Sea Lynx twin-engined helicopters commissioned in 1981.

The Sea Tigers will function alongside 18 NH90 Sea Lion transport helicopters additionally procured from Airbus, with deliveries accomplished earlier this yr.

The NH90 Sea Tiger

The Sea Tiger system is the upgraded model of the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter operational in over 10 international locations.

In keeping with Airbus, the Sea Tiger was designed to handle German Navy necessities for anti-submarine warfare.

The helicopter features a new digital assist measure and electro-optical system, in addition to sonobuoys, dipping sonar, and superior armaments to additional assist fight vessels towards sea and submersible targets. It could additionally assist reconnaissance and transport duties.

NH90 NFH Sea Lion naval helicopter. Picture: Airbus

Qualification Follows

After the Donauwörth demonstration, Airbus will bear a qualification section to validate the flight efficiency of the helicopter and new programs to be put in.

“We’re proud to equip the German Navy with the NH90 Sea Tiger. Working each the NH90 Sea Lion and the Sea Tiger will permit the Navy to additional streamline its operations and upkeep,” Airbus Helicopters Germany Managing Director Stefan Thomé said.

“The NH90 Sea Lion, which is already in service with the Navy, has lately confirmed its capabilities throughout a primary main rescue operation within the North Sea.”