Airbus Helicopters announces that it has launched the flight test campaign for the NH90 Standard 2 prototype, one of the latest NH90 configurations, developed specifically for French Army aviation to support Special Forces operations.

The French Ministry of Armed Forces has ordered a total of 18 NH90s in the Standard 2 configuration. Flight tests will continue until the end of the year, in line with the schedule agreed with the Direction Générale de l'Armement.

The Standard 2 configuration includes the Safran Euroflir 410 electro-optical system, a new digital map generator, the installation of a third crew member and new sliding windows to accommodate self-protection cannons.

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