Airbus Helicopters has achieved two recent milestones on its NH90 Sea Lion programme for the Marineflieger (German Naval Aviation).
On November 21, 2018, the company announced that the Sea Lion has recently completed Marineflieger qualification testing and in addition, the first production example has achieved power-on of its electrical systems.
All ground and flight tests required by the Marineflieger had been concluded by the beginning of November 2018, and formal completion is expected in the first quarter of 2019, with military type certification in the second quarter of the year. The first production helicopter, of 18 on order, for the Marineflieger achieved the poweron milestone at the manufacturer’s final assembly line in Donauwörth on October 24, 2018. According to the company, both achievements are important steps towards the delivery of the first Sea Lion helicopter in the fourth quarter of 2019.