Formation flight of all four BAF NH90 MTH helicopters.




  On Thursday February 12th, 2015 all four of the Belgian Air Component’s Airbus Helicopters NH90 MTH (Medium Transport Helicopter) have made a flight specifically aimed at training formation flying. This 45 minutes flight was part of the training aimed at obtaining the Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the NH90 MTH, which has now been reached. The different formations can be applied during tactical missions the MTH helicopter can be tasked with.

Transition from the familiar Agusta A109BA helicopter to the NH90 is quite a challenge for the pilots in particular the weight of the machine: from the A109BA’s three tons to the NH90 11 tons. On top of that the A109BA’s mostly analogue cockpit gave way to a fully digitalised “glass cockpit” on the NH90.

Departure time for the four-ship formation flight

The NH90 MTH is quite a machine from all angles

The formation is approaching the windmill park near Perwez along the E411 motorway.

The four NH90 MTH over their new appron at Beauvechain airbase (... remember the home of 349 Squadron to the left? )

Returning home after a successful mission.

Landing at Beauvechain airbase.

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On 18 June 2007 the Belgian Government signed a contract for the acquisition of 8 NH90 helicopters from two specific versions (more here). Four NH90 MTH (formerly TTH) readily recognisable by its deep green colour scheme and four NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFH) maritime version.
Three NH90 NFH helicopters (to be joined in early 2015 by a fourth machine) are now in the progress of supplanting the venerable Sea King helicopters in the life saving Search and Rescue role. The NFH can operate from the Belgian Navy’s frigates and are equipped with a state of the art radar system. They are recognisable by their grey colours scheme.




© Daniel Brackx & Michael Moors (BAF) - (February 2015)




Last updated 07/11/11 10:59   Daniel Brackx