Norway has terminated the NH90 helicopter contract because the contractor was unable to find replacement parts for some critical systems, including those required for the NH90’s anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Norway will return all helicopters and request a full refund.
Norwegian Ministry of Defense Press Release
“Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that the NH90 cannot meet the requirements of the Norwegian Army, no matter how many hours the technician works or how many parts are ordered. Based on this, the Norwegian government has decided to terminate the introduction of NH90 and has allowed the Norwegian Defense Materials Agency to terminate the contract. “
Norwegian Defense Minister Bjorn Arildo Gram.
The Norwegian Home Guard We then notified NH90 manufacturer NATO Helicopter Industries (NHI) that we have completely terminated the contract and are seeking a full return of all funds and assets received by both parties. The agency will begin preparing to return the helicopter with the spares and equipment it received. It also requires a refund from NHI, including approximately 5 billion Norwegian kroner paid under the contract, in addition to interest and other costs.
“We have worked with NHI many times to solve the NH90 problem, but even now, more than 20 years after the contract was signed, no helicopter can carry out the mission we purchased. NHI offers a realistic solution. can.”
GroJære, Commissioner of the Materiel Office of the Ministry of Defense of Norway.
The Norwegian acquisition of the NH90 began in 2001, with 14 helicopters for the Coast Guard and anti-submarine warfare initially expected to be delivered by the end of 2008. Currently, only eight aircraft have been delivered in a fully operational configuration. The fleet currently needs to provide 3.900 flight hours per year, but in recent years it has averaged only about 700 hours.
In February 2022, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense requested the Armed Forces to carry out a comprehensive review of the capabilities of Norwegian maritime helicopters, along with the Norwegian Defense Research Organization and the Norwegian Defense Research Establishments. The review concluded that it is not possible to bring the performance and availability of the NH90 to a level that meets Norwegian requirements, even with significant additional financial investment.
“This is the right decision for the capabilities of the NH90 and our maritime helicopters and is in line with our recommendations. The efforts of our organization and everyone who has worked hard to make the NH90 a reality. It wasn’t a matter of effort, creativity, or lack of skill, but very simply, I received a helicopter that couldn’t be delivered, and I’m currently migrating from NH90. But I need the help of those who are working on helicopters. Therefore, my priority now is to take care of everyone who has worked on NH90. “
General Staff of the Norwegian Army, General Eirik Kristoffersen
Upon termination of the contract, NH90’s flight to Norway will be canceled and future missions scheduled will be cancelled. Army personnel affected by the termination will receive immediate follow-up through their respective units.
Norway’s need for maritime helicopters remains
The Norwegian Ministry of Defense will soon begin the process of identifying alternative maritime helicopters. “Norway continues to need maritime helicopters, so a quick response is essential. Start preparing to close the capacity gap left by NH90.. We will consider some alternative approaches to meet operational requirements, but we need to be prepared for the fact that there is no easy solution. “, Defense Minister Bjorn Allildo Gram said.
He also commends the efforts of the Norwegian Army and everyone within the Norwegian Defense Materials Agency to work on the NH90.
“We hope that many of them will be able to join us as we work to identify the best ways to address the requirements of ongoing maritime helicopters.” Defense Minister Gram said.
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