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Sea Lion next steps toward delivery

November 21, 2018  By Helicopters Staff

Airbus reports the NH90 Sea Lion recently achieved two important milestones ahead of the first delivery at the end of 2019. This includes the electrical power-on of the first serial German Navy aircraft and then completion of the German Navy Sea Lion qualification tests.

The NH90 Sea Lion has recently taken two important milestones towards the first delivery end of 2019. (Photo: Christian Keller/Airbus Helicopters)

On October 24, 2018, the first serial German Navy Sea Lion helicopter successfully completed the first power-on of all electrical systems in the final assembly line at Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, Germany.

Then, in the beginning of November, Airbus explains all ground and flight tests for the qualification of the new NH90 variant for the German Navy, the NH90 Sea Lion, were concluded. The formal closure of the qualification is expected in the first quarter of 2019, followed by the military type certification by the German authorities in the second quarter of 2019.

The qualification aircraft, the second Sea Lion prototype, is now entering the lay-up phase for upgrading the helicopter to serial configuration, explains Airbus, and preparing it for delivery to the Bundeswehr. A total of 18 helicopters are on order.



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