Norway entered a pact to buy the NH90 multirole helicopter in 2001 but the Scandinavian nation has received only three.
The NATO Frigate-type NH90s are supposed to replace the Norwegian Coast Guard’s Lynx helicopters. The sub-hunting aircraft are supposed to operate from the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates.
Norway is supposed to get 14 new NH90 helicopters, built by NHIndustries, which is owned by Eurocopter, AgustaWestland and the Dutch group Stork Fokker Aerospace.
Norway had hoped to have its initial helicopters in 2005. So far, NHIndustries has delivered only three helicopters. The company is supposed to deliver another six aircraft are in 2014.
“But we have long since come to the conclusion that we [will] believe it when we see it,” Bruun-Hanssen said. (Defensenws)