Belgium introduces first NH90 transport

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Belgium's first NH Industries (NHI) NH90 tactical transport helicopter arrived at Beauvechain air base on 2 October.

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Bob Fischer

Carrying the registration RN-05, the aircraft is one of eight NH90s on order for Belgium. Half of the aircraft fleet will be used to increase the air transport capability of the nation's air force, while the rest will be configured to perform search and rescue missions from Koksijde air base, replacing the ageing Westland Sea Kings. The first of these, RN-01, was delivered on 1 August 2013.

A second tactical transport, RN-06 is already undergoing flight-testing at NHI partner company Eurocopter's Marignane site in France. Belgian crews have also conducted training for the new rotorcraft at the location.