ROTARY REVOLUTION

TYPE REPORT // SH-90

The Marina Militare (Italian Navy) has been operating the SH-90A since 2011 and the complementary MH-90A since 2017. Both these helicopters have heralded a huge leap forward in capability for this naval air arm.

SH-90As from HS.5 fly over the magnificent Portovenere (La Spezia) landscape.

THE NHINDUSTRIES SH-90A has brought rotary aviation into a whole new era of technology for Italy. As well as fly-by-wire controls, data flows through the helicopter like blood through veins — in this case being channeled through a dual MIL-STD-1553B databus and an impressive central mission computer. Based on the troublesome NH-90 — many of its mission systems are bespoke to each customer — this is an advanced yet complex helicopter. The airframe relies heavily on carbon fiber, the exterior coatings are Nomex — it’s a wonder of sophistication.

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