UTTI, Finland — The Finnish army has begun using its NH-90 troop transport helicopters in day-to-day search-and-rescue operations and is gearing up to reach full operational capability with the rotorcraft in 2012. The army’s helicopter aviation battalion, which encompasses the entire Finnish military’s rotorcraft fleet, is in the midst of a major transition and buildup phase for the small military. This year, the last two Mi-8s will be retired as the NH-90 fleet grows. The first NH-90s ...


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