The Dutch Navy has received its first NFH-90 naval helicopter, which will be used for training and basic patrol missions.

During the developmental stage of the helicopter, the NH90 suffered from a range of technical problems, including difficulties getting the maritime search radar and tactical navigation system to work.

The Dutch Navy will use the helicopter for crew training and basic coastal surveillance operations, while the manufacturer simultaneously develops an operationally ready, production-standard aircraft.

The NFH-90 is a unique integrated naval weapon system that can operate from frigates and perform anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare operations autonomously and/or in conjunction with the parent ship.