NH90 Helicopter

The NH90 is an advanced medium utility helicopter, capable of undertaking a wide variety of roles. It incorporates new and sustainable technologies and represents a substantial increase in capability for No. 3 Squadron. The NH90 provides the NZDF with a contemporary, highly capable and deployable helicopter that can be used for frontline military and civil operations.

The NH90 can carry up to nine stretchers plus medical staff, or palletised cargo; it can also lift the NZ Army’s Light Operational Vehicle.

The RNZAF now has eight NH90 helicopters in its fleet, which have been used for disaster relief operations throughout NZ and in the South Pacific. The NH90 has the capability to support ground operations, conduct search and rescue missions, counter-drug operations, and counter-terrorism responses. It is utilised by many national organisations such as the NZ Police, Customs, Maritime NZ, Civil Defence, MFAT, and DOC.


Aircraft NH90 
Manufacturer NATO Helicopter Industries (NHI) (France) 
Power plant 2 x Rolls-Royce Turbomecca RTM 322-01/9; (2,227 SHP each) 
Length 19.56m (rotors turning) 
Width 4.62m (fuselage and stabilator) 
Height 5.23m (rotors turning) 
Max weight 10,600kg, can be extended to 11,000kg in certain operational situations 
Max underslung load 3,300kg 
Fuel 2035kg (internal), two 500kg external fuel tanks 
Range 780km (420nm) with internal fuel 
Endurance 4.5 hours on internal fuel 
Crew Two pilots and one or two helicopter loadmasters 
Capacity Along with the standard air crew, an NH90 can seat up to 19 extra passengers