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German Navy selects NH90 to replace Sea Lynx

01 August 2019
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The German Navy has selected the NHIndustries NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) to replace ageing Westland Mk 88A Sea Lynx anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare helicopters. Source: Airbus Helicopters

The German Navy (Deutsche Marine: DM) has selected the NHIndustries NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) to replace its ageing Westland Mk 88A Sea Lynx anti-submarine warfare/anti-surface warfare (ASW/ASuW) helicopters, the Bundeswehr announced on 1 August.

Having previously selected the German-specific Sea Lion variant of the NH90 NFH to replace its Westland Mk 41 Sea King maritime helicopter, the DM is to now receive a German version of the French NFH Caiman, named Multi-Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH).

“This ensures a smooth transition and synergies in later operations,” the Bundeswehr said.

As noted by the Bundeswehr, the helicopter selection was made at the end of 2018 with the support of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The representative of the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, approved this proposal on 29 July, and the new helicopters are to be delivered from 2025.

Although no prospective contract value or numbers were given, a Germany Navy source has disclosed that 31 NH90 helicopters will replace the 21 Sea Lynxes.

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