The Rolls-Royce Turbomeca (RRTM) RTM322 engine has achieved a triple success with orders to power new twin-engine NH90 helicopter fleets in France, Belgium and New Zealand.
The addition of New Zealand and Belgium to the RTM322 order book means that twelve out of fourteen customers have chosen the RTM322 to power their NH90 fleets.
In a repeat order, the French Defence Procurement Agency DGA has ordered 12 NH90s in the Tactical Transport Helicopter variant. The Belgian fleet of eight NH90s will provide the armed forces with comprehensive Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime and transport capabilities. The New Zealand Ministry of Defence has ordered nine helicopters for frontline military and civil operations by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Pierre Fabre, Chairman of RRTM and Chairman and CEO of Turbomeca, said: “This selection clearly demonstrates that NH90 customers favour an engine benefiting from modern technologies in design, performance, construction and maintainability.”
Martin Fausset, Vice-Chairman of RRTM and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace said: “The addition of New Zealand and Belgium to the RTM322 family reinforces its position as the engine of choice for the NH90 helicopter, while the order from France shows the customer’s repeated confidence in the performance of the engine.”
The family of RTM322 NH90 users now comprises Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Portugal and Sweden.
The RTM322 has also been selected for over 60 per cent of EH101 orders. Approximately 1,600 RTM322 engines, including orders and options, have been announced for NH90, WAH-64 Apache and EH101 helicopters.