The Dutch Ministry of Defense has decided on Wednesday 17 December 2014 to accept new NH90 Nato Frigate Helicopters (NFH) again from supplier NHIndustries. Deliveries were suspended in June over a variety of shortcomings found in 13 helicopters already delivered. The problems involved rust and parts of inferior quality.
According to Dutch Defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, an agreement was reached with NHIndustries about solving the problems. Of 100 problems found, a solution was found for 75. The remaining 25 problems will be solved by mid 2015. The costs will be paid by NHIndustries,
This now paves the way for delivery of seven remaining helicopters. Two of those are expected before the end 2014. The Dutch NH90 are operated from De Kooy airfield in the north western part of the Netherlands.
During a very recent visit to Belgium, Airheadsfly.com found that the Belgian Air Component is in fact a happy and extensive user of the NH90. Read all about it – and watch a bit of video on top – right here.