Norwegian Defense Minister Finds Airbus NH90 Helicopters Inadequate, Looks For $500 Million Discount

The first agreement with Norway for 14 NH90 helicopters was endorsed in 2001, however the nation has gotten just eight, the service, in light of PTI’s report.

Norway reported plans to scrap its NH90 military helicopter armada and look for a discount from a consortium drove by Europe’s Airbus, which answered by referring to the move as “legitimately unfounded.” According to the guard serve and the top of the military, Norway will return the NH90 military helicopters it requested from the NH Industries consortium since they are either questionable or were conveyed late. Oslo additionally expressed that it would look for reimbursement of 5 billion crowns ($523 million), or more interest and different expenses, from NHIndustries, which is claimed via Airbus Helicopters, Italy’s Leonardo, and the Netherlands’ Fokker Aerostructures.

“Regardless of how long our experts work and the number of parts we that request, it won’t ever make the NH90 equipped for meeting the prerequisites of the Norwegian Armed Forces,” Defense Minister Bjoern Arild Gram told a news gathering. The helicopter consortium said it was “very disheartened” by the choice.

“NHIndustries believes this end to be legitimately unfounded,” it said in an explanation. It said it had not been offered the likelihood to talk about the most recent proposition made to work on the accessibility of the NH90 in Norway or address explicit Norwegian prerequisites. Airbus shares fell simply more than 1%.

The first agreement for 14 helicopters was endorsed in 2001, however Norway has gotten just eight, the service said. “We have a helicopter that doesn’t work how it should,” said General Eirik Kristoffersen, the top of Norway’s military.

Notwithstanding, NH Industries said it had conveyed 13 of 14, and the fourteenth was prepared for acknowledgment, signifying “we were near settling the fundamental extent of the underlying agreement.”

With inputs from Reuters