NORWAY WILL RETURN NH90 HELICOPTERS AND REQUEST REFUND
OSLO (Reuters) – Norway to return NH90 military helicopters ordered from NHIndustries – a European joint venture in which Airbus owns shares – has been deemed unreliable and has been delayed in delivery, the ministry said on Friday. Norwegian Defense and Staff.
The Norwegian government has stated that it will request a refund of five billion Norwegian kroner (approximately € 500 million) under this contract, plus interest and other charges, from NHIndustries, which is 62.5% owned by Airbus. Helicopters, 32% by the Italian Leonardo and 5.5% by the Dutch Fokker Aerostructures.
“No matter how many hours our technicians work, or how many parts we order, it will never be possible to make the NH90 compatible with the requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces,” said the Minister of Defense. Bjoern Arild Gram at a press conference.
“We have a helicopter that is not working as it should,” said General Eirik Kristoffersen, who heads the Norwegian army.
According to the Norwegian Minister of Defense, Norway received only eight of the 14 aircraft provided for in the original contract, signed in 2001.
NH Industries was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting Gwladys Fouche, French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Tangi Salaün)