A RNLAF NH90 in flight (Image © Koninklijke Marine)

Dutch MoD suspends delivery of NH90s

A Dutch NH90 over a typical Dutch coastal area. (Image © Koninklijke Marine)
A Dutch NH90 over a typical Dutch coastal area. (Image © Koninklijke Marine)

The Dutch ministry of Defence has suspended the delivery of seven remaining NH Industries NH90 NFH helicopters, it was announced on Friday 28 June 2014. The Dutch Royal Navy found corrosion and considerable wear on helicopters already delivered. It’s bad news for NH Industries, who just celebrated the 200th NH90 delivery this week.

In total, experts found up to a hundred problems with the helicopters, of which 20 were ordered. The 13 aircraft already delivered are operating from De Kooij airbase. The Nationaal Lucht- en Ruimtevaart Laboratorium (National Air and Space Laboratory) inspected the helicopters and found design flaws and wrong use of materials.

Dutch Defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert first wants to discuss with NH Industries how these shortcomings will be resolved, before deliveries can continue. It is expected to take at least half a year. In the meantime, Dutch AS532 Cougar helicopters will be used to fulfil all tasks. Dutch Defence wants NH Industries to also pay these extra costs.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Elmer van Hest

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