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As the Navy announced today that the Auswahltentscheidung for the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), replacing the on-board helicopter Sea Lynx Mk 88A was made of the German Navy.

A similar bill was approved on July 29 by Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, the Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr. The message to the Federal Ministry of Defense (BAAINBw) prepared this decision since the end of 2018 with the support of the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the armed forces.

The Inspektuer the Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, welcomed this "Good decision" on Twitter.

The name of the new board the helicopter is "multi-role helicopter-capable frigate" (MRFH) as a German version of the NH90 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NH90 NFH). He is with the French version NFH (NFRS) Caiman have significant similarities (in the picture). In addition to Italy and France, the NFH flies already for the Belgian, Italian, Dutch and Norwegian navies.

A company spokesman for Airbus Helicopters welcomed the selection decision and stated that the company would be the requirement profile at this stage no complete information. Therefore, no statement on the final configuration of the aircraft can be made. Clearly, however, that the MRFH is developed on the basis of NH90 Sea Lion and configured.

The NH90 was originally conceived at the request of the European nations as basic helicopter that is modular in design and in versions Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) is offered. Both versions are basically helicopter technologically identical, but differ greatly in the mission equipment of each other. Also for the Sea Lion, successor to the Sea King, the NH90 NFH is used as a base.

Specifying the Navy to board helicopters are an integral part of the "system frigate". For example, equipped with sonar, radar and torpedoes they are essential sensor and weapon carrier against sea targets above and below water. They also have the flexibility to support maritime operations by transport and rescue missions.

The next milestone in the procurement process of MRFH parliamentary approval is at, which is expected for the 2020th A total of 31 "Sea Tigers" to be procured, of which 30 machines would be available to naval aviation and one of the WTD available.

Exposures to the successor

Derived from the capability profile of the Sea Lynx currently used, it is considered very likely that the successor model primarily for anti-submarine combat (ASW) and the above-water warfare (ASUW) are capable. These may still tasks such as search and rescue come (SAR) and the transport of people and material.

In order to detect submarines and combat helicopters must have the appropriate technical equipment. This includes a powerful radar, among other things, can detect a few centimeters above the water outstanding snorkeling or periscopes. active and passive sonar diving be used for locating underwater that are left on a cable into the sea. Sometimes Navy helicopters are also equipped with sonobuoy to drop that require space in the helicopter airframe.

After the discovery of a submarine helicopters should be able to take the fight. For this, the Navy uses primarily torpedoes, one of which often have two copies aboard the plane. The more payload reserves are, the more equipment can accommodate a helicopter. With a weight of about 300 kg per torpedo an important point.

challenge hangar

Only the frigate of the classes 124 and 125 as well as the future MKS 180 of the German navy are designed with landing deck and hangar for embarkation of up to two helicopters of the order of a NH90. In the F124 but the hangar doors would have to be adjusted. The class frigates 123 can not take aboard helicopters of this size, however, for the hangar is too small. Consequently, the 123 class frigates have to live up to their end of use (2030s) to the present state without on-board helicopter.

Waldemar Geiger and Lars Hoffmann