Norway has terminated its contract with OSLO – NH Industries (NHI) and will repatriate thirteen NH90 NFH helicopters delivered so far. Also, all helicopters have been decommissioned. In this regard, the country is demanding a full refund of the five billion Norwegian kroner ($ 500 million) paid to date.
Fourteen maritime NH90s were originally scheduled to be handed over to the NFH in 2008, but it was postponed to 2022. The modified deadline has not been met: the last helicopter is now expected to be delivered in 2024. In fact, in the final configuration, only eight NH90s were issued, the first being issued in November 2011.
According to the country, reliability issues continue to affect helicopters, and the rate of plane crashes per hour is 40 times higher. As a result, NH90s are not available for 3,900 hours a year, but only 700.
Norway became the second country after Australia to withdraw from the NH90 program after Canberra announced in December 2021 that it would withdraw its NH90 fleet in support of the Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk.
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