Norwegian Defense Minister Odd Arild Gram announced that his country will cancel the contract for the NH90 military helicopters because they are too unreliable, and some of them have not been delivered on time.
In 2001 Norway signed an agreement with the European NHIndustries consortium based in France for the delivery of 14 helicopters by 2008. – The contract has not been completed so far. We will demand the return of the five billion crowns paid (nearly half a million euros) plus interest, and we will return the helicopters already delivered, emphasized Gram at the conference.
According to the Norwegian Ministry of Defense, “it will take five years to introduce the new helicopter”. However, I am counting on shortening this deadline.
According to the director of the Norwegian Armaments Agency, Gro Jaere, “the delivered NH90 helicopters spent more time in the workshop than in the air”.
The decision of the Norwegian government was supported by the head of the Norwegian armed forces Eirik Kristoffersen. “This helicopter just didn’t work as it should.” We need machines that will be capable of maritime defense, he stressed.
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