Germany to buy 31 Sea Tiger helicopters

Germany order Sea Tiger Navy
German Navy's NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter.

Last week, the Bundestag Budget Committee approved the purchase of 31 NH90 MRFH Sea Tiger helicopters for the Deutsche Marine (German Navy).

The deal will amount to 2 billion and 300 million euros with an additional 400 million euros that will be allocated later to complete the purchase of the equipment.

These new helicopters will replace the current Sea Lynx fleet and will be delivered starting in 2025. The aim of the German Navy is to assign two Sea Tigers to each frigate while one will be used to conduct tests at the Military Technical Service (Wehrtechnischen Dienststelle) 61.

The 31 new helicopters, similar to Marine Nationale's NHF90 Caiman, will be assembled at the Airbus Helicopters in Donauwàrth, Germany. They will join the 18 Sea Lions already ordered by Berlin in June 2015, the first of which was delivered in October 2019.

In the future, the German Nay fleet will consist exclusively of NH90 helicopters of the Sea Tiger and Sea Lion type. The latter are replacing the aging Westland Sea King.

The Sea Lions will all be assigned to Naval Aviation Squadron 5 (MFG 5) at Cuxhaven in the North Sea to conduct Search and Rescue (SAR) missions as well as to transport personnel and materials.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Photo Credit: Airbus