The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has received the first batch of NH90 multi-purpose helicopters at its Musana base from NH Industries (NHI).

The NH90s will be supported by an integrated NHI/RAFO maintenance team to operate a specific maintenance tool called ground logistic information management system (GLIMS).

Oman has ordered 20 NH90s to replace the air force’s fleet of ageing AB205A/206/212/214 helicopters.

The RAFO will use the NH90 fleet for VIP transport, troop transport and search and rescue missions day and night in all weather conditions.

The NH90s use a full composite airframe, a fly-by-wire control system, two powerful engines and an integrated mission system.