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.
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.
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.
© Daniel Brackx & Michael Moors (BAF) - (February 2015)
Last updated 07/11/11 10:59 Daniel Brackx