The Netherlands Defense has announced that it will modernize all 19 NH90 maritime combat helicopters as part of a midlife update (MLU) to maintain the weapon system deployable and operationally relevant for the future and includes a new data link system Link-22.

The NH90 has been in since 2010 and in the next two years it will have reached half its planned lifespan and so a number of systems will date from the 1990s and are now obsolete.

The focus of the MLU to make the NH90 mission systems future-proof in terms of both the hardware and software. The current data link system Link 11 will eventually be decommissioned with other NATO users to be replaced by Link 22 that has more options and is more secure. The modernization will also include new communications equipment, improved sonar system, integration of the MK54 torpedo along with improved support systems including simulators.

The first NH90s are expected to be modernized from 2028 and are expected to last another 15 years.