Norway to return NH Industries helicopters, look for reimbursement.
OSLO, June 10 (Reuters) – Norway will return the NH90 military helicopters it requested from France’s NH Industries since they are either inconsistent or were conveyed late, the guard serve and the top of the military said on Friday.
The public authority said it would likewise look for reimbursement of 5 billion crowns ($523 million) or more interest and different expenses from NH Industries, which is claimed via Airbus Helicopters (AIR.PA), Italy’s Leonardo (LDOF.MI) and Fokker Aerostructuresof the Netherlands.
NH Industries was not promptly accessible for input.
“Regardless of how long our experts work, and the number of parts we that request, it won’t ever make the NH90 fit for meeting the necessities of the Norwegian Armed Forces,” Defense Minister Bjoern Arild Gram told a news gathering.
The first agreement for 14 helicopters was endorsed in 2001 yet 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.
($1 = 9.5572 Norwegian crowns)
Announcing by Gwladys Fouche; altering by Terje Solsvik and Jason Neely