GKN Aerospace's defence portfolio boosted by NH90s for Germany

Posted on 30 November, 2020 by Advance 

NHIndustries and NAHEMA, acting as the Contracting Authority on behalf of the German Bundeswehr, have signed the contract for the procurement of 31 NH90 helicopters for shipborne operations.

Image courtesy GKN Aerospace

The contract brings the total order book to 597 rotorcraft. The purchase of the helicopters strengthens GKN Aerospace’s position in the defence industry  and reinforcing its strategic focus on the market for the future.

GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business began participating in the NH90 programme in the 1990s as one of the founding partners of NHIndustries, together with Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo. The contract also means the continuation of hundreds of high skilled jobs in the Netherlands.  

GKN Aerospace designed and manufactures the following state-of-the-art lightweight composite solutions for every NH90 helicopter in the world.
•    Empennage
•    Cabin door
•    Landing Gear
•    Intermediate gearbox
•    Standard parts
Michiel van der Maat, Vice President Countries and Campaigns for GKN Aerospace’s Defence business said: "We are proud of our continued involvement in the successful NH90 programme. Our participation in NHIndustries allows us to strengthen key relationships with our partners and enables the exchange of expertise and know-how in advanced rotorcraft. GKN Aerospace has been a leader in aerostructures and lightweight technologies for many years and these advanced technologies have made us a great fit within this long-term collaboration, and at the forefront of the defence industry."