RNLN Takes Delivery of a MPAS in Full Operative Configuration for the NH90 NFH Fleet

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken delivery of a Mission Planning & Analysis System (MPAS) in the Final Operative Configuration for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. This delivery of MPAS follows the one released into service in 2011 and it is aimed at both supporting new aircraft functionalities and implementing enhancements based on operational feedback from more than one year of RNLN in service experience. The system delivery to the Navy was achieved after successful execution of the Acceptance Tests and Operational Verifications, initially at the AgustaWestland Helicopter Support Systems facility in Sesto Calende and then at the De Kooy Naval Base in the Netherlands.

The RNLN MPAS is based on the state of the art AgustaWestland designed Skyflight Planning System, a multi-helicopter flight and mission planning solution core to all variants of AgustaWestland’s mission planning stations. The delivered final configuration is now fully supporting the RNLN’s operations by providing the users with the means for complex mission planning including sonic, auto-protection and surveillance systems as well as a complete aircraft data upload/download capability and post mission analysis.

Daniele Romiti, Chief Executive Officer, AgustaWestland said “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to offering the market customized solutions to meet the needs and expectations of our customers. This advanced mission planning system helps crews maximise operational effectiveness, so we are pleased to deliver this advanced solution to the Royal Netherlands Navy.”

“Many thanks to everyone involved who made this MPAS grow to a very mature level and unique in its kind. This is also the start of the operational usage of Skyflight under the umbrella of Customer Logistic Support (CLS). Let’s continue the outstanding working relationship we have established.” said Sjaak Snoeren, Program Manager Mission Planning & Analysis System NH90 helicopter at Royal Netherlands Air Force.

Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Nov 29, 2013