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Helicopter 14 (NH90) is the first helicopter system in the world which is constructed of composite materials and has a fly by wire flight control system. The helicopter is the result of an extensive European collaboration programme. FMV has ordered 18 helicopters for Sweden, nine of which will have naval operational capabilities, for example, anti-submarine warfare capability.

Helicopter 14 is the Swedish name for the NH90 from NATO Helicopter Industries, NHI. Over 500 helicopters have been ordered by 14 nations. The system is versatile, able to operate on diverse missions, both domestic and international, over land and sea, in the winter environment and in the desert climate. It is possible to configure and equip Helicopter 14 with a range of features depending on the role and mission.

Composite and fly by wire

NH90 is the first system to be built with a fully composite airframe and fly by wire flight controls. Fly by wire means flight controls are computer-based, in contrast with conventional mechanical flight controls. Fly by wire provides greater potential for future development. For example, future mission profiles can be updated by reconfiguring the helicopter computer systems, as is possible for the JAS 39 Gripen.

European collaboration

With many countries set to use the NH90 system, the helicopter will become Europe's future medium lift, multi-role military helicopter. The disadvantage of complex development projects shared with other nations is that they take time. The project has also suffered delays affecting all nations that have ordered helicopters. At the same time, the advantage in the long term is efficiency, as wider use of the same helicopter type results in lower running costs and the opportunity to share costs for upgrades and improvements.


  • 2001 FMV signs contract with NHI for delivery of 18 helicopters.
  • 2011 FMV delivers the first four Helicopter 14 Basic TTH  aircraft to the Swedish Armed Forces. Used for training purposes.
  • 2013-14 FMV delivers five Helicopter 14 D aircraft for service on international operations and strengthening maritime operational capabilities.
  • 2015 FMV delivers two Helicopter 14 D aircraft and the first Helicopter 14 F equipped with a sonar system and tactical radar.
  • 2016 FMV delivers three additional Helicopter 14 F aircraft.
  • 2017 The final Helicopter 14 F is delivered to the Armed Forces.
  • 2017-20    13 Helicopter 14 D aircraft will be upgraded to the E version.

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Published: 2012-01-09 09:01. Changed: 2012-01-09 09:47. Responsible: Show e-mail address.


Nils Schroeter

Projektledare Helikpoter 14
Phone:08-782 58 74


Two requirements distinguish Swedish helicopters from those ordered by other countries.

  • Sweden has ordered the High Cabin Version (HCV) to comply with work health and safety standards, for example, on-board operations, such as winching can be performed more comfortably.

  • Swedish experience has been uploaded into the Swedish helicopter's command and control and sonar systems, which provides a more efficient way of managing and allocating the resources available.