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Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger

Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Maritime Helicopter

France | 2025

"The German Army is the first customer of the planned, in-development Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger maritime helicopter."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the NFH90 Sea Tiger Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Maritime Helicopter.
2 x Turboshaft engines developing an estimated 2,400 shaft horsepower to four-bladed main rotor and four-bladed tail rotor (facing port side).
190 mph
305 kph | 165 kts
Max Speed
21,325 ft
6,500 m | 4 miles
Service Ceiling
519 miles
835 km | 451 nm
Operational Range
1,750 ft/min
533 m/min
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the NFH90 Sea Tiger Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Maritime Helicopter.
53.0 ft
16.15 m
O/A Length
54.1 ft
(16.50 m)
O/A Width
14,330 lb
(6,500 kg)
Empty Weight
24,692 lb
(11,200 kg)
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Maritime Helicopter provided across 2 hardpoints.
Assumed provision for anti-ship missiles and anti-submarine weapons across two external hardpoints.

Hardpoints Key:

Not Used
Notable series variants as part of the Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger family line.
NFH90 "Sea Tiger" - Base Series Designation.
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The NH90 "Sea Tiger" is an all-modern dedicated maritime helicopter based in the NHIndustries (now Airbus Helicopters) NH90 series twin-engine medium-lift design. The original helicopter recorded its first-flight on December 18th, 1995 and entered service in 2007 with the German Army being one of its early adopters. Production has been ongoing since 1995 with over 500 airframes completed.

The German Navy is now the first customer of the Sea Tiger type with 32 planned for procurement (2023).

The NH90 series was developed across two distinct production forms, the "TTH" ("Tactical Transport Helicopter") and "NFH" ("NATO Frigate Helicopter"). The TTH is optimized for tactical land-based operations while the NFH is a shipborne / maritime model. The Sea Tiger is based in the latter.

German Naval Aviation already employs a dedicated over-water form specifically for Search and Rescue (SAR) as the NFH "Sea Lion". However, the Sea Tiger brings with it enhanced Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and general anti-ship capabilities and will succeed an aging line of 22 "Sea Lynx" (Mk.88A variant) helicopters in same role. Service entry of the new type, in full, is expected during 2025.

It is assumed the Sea Tiger will showcase many of the structural and performance specifications applied to the general NFH design form with more advanced onboard systems and enhanced maritime operations. The general aircraft will retain the side-by-side cockpit and sliding fuselage doors along with twin overhead turboshaft engines driving a four-bladed main rotor unit and four-bladed tail rotor unit (the latter seated to port side). The undercarriage, is wheeled though retractable, and various system-related component outcroppings (including a Magnetic Anomaly Detector = MAD) are noted at the nose, chin position, and under the cockpit to satisfy the ASW and anti-ship roles. Door guns can be installed for point-defense / boarding actions while the offensive load out will consist of missiles.

The prototype Sea Lion completed its maiden flight on November 30th, 2023.

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November 2023 - The prototype Sea Lion completed its maiden flight on November 30th, 2023.

Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Airbus Helicopter (NHIndustries) - France
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Image of the Airbus Helicopters NFH90 Sea Tiger
Image from official Airbus Helicopters press release showing NFH90 maiden flight.

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