Norway’s chief of defence, Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, on 1 February sent a recommendation to the Ministry of Defence that the NH90 helicopter fleet go to the navy’s frigates in the priority role of anti-submarine warfare (ASW), helping protect vital maritime areas.
To date, because of complications over Arctic specifications, performance, and other reasons, only half the 14 aircraft ordered have been delivered.
Originally 6 of the 14 helicopters ordered were to be operated by the coastguard, the service Adm Bruun-Hanssen recommends in a Norwegian Defense Research Institute report receive none.
“Analysis shows that the NH90 will not be able to meet the needs of both frigates and the coastguard," the report said.
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