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Netherlands lifts suspension of NH90 helicopter deliveries
by Richard Tomkins
The Hague, Netherlands (UPI) Dec 17, 2014

Airbus Helicopters continues support for German Army pilot training
Marignane, France (UPI) Dec 16, 2014 - Airbus Helicopters reports it will continue to maintain and overhaul EC135 training helicopters operated by the German Army School of Aviation.

A total of 14 helicopters are used at the school, which trains about 70 Bundeswehr pilots a year.

Airbus, which did not detail the monetary value of the award, said the new contract is for seven years and extends an existing contract that was signed in 2005.

"At the core of the Airbus Helicopters full service contract is ensuring that on virtually every working day, eleven EC135 aircraft are available on the airfield for training purposes," said Ralf Barnscheidt, the company's head of the Military Support Center in Germany. "This puts the fleet's operational availability at over 95 percent.

"A team of technicians that is constantly on-site at the Backeburg location as well as our specialist maintenance center in Kassel-Calden provide technical and logistical support, carry out through-life maintenance and even large-scale repair work, and are responsible for ensuring the mission readiness of the helicopters."

Delivery of problem-plagued NH90 helicopters to the Dutch Navy has resumed following a remediation agreement between the Ministry of Defense and NHIndustries.

Deliveries of the medium-size, twin-engine multi-role aircraft were suspended last June because of major problems with wear and corrosion in the delivered aircraft.

In a letter to parliament, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said the ministry and NHIndustries extensively analyzed the problems with the helicopter and solutions reached.

"The principle is that the manufacturer is responsible for the problems with the aircraft," the Ministry of Defense said in a news release on Tuesday. "The company also assumes full costs incurred for the development of modifications, repair of corrosion damage and for designing preventive measures."

The ministry said more than 100 factors contributing to corrosion on the aircraft were identified and fixes for 75 of them found.

NHIndustries pledged explore fixes to remaining factors during the planned deep maintenance of an NH90 in the first half of next year.

The Dutch military still has seven of the helicopters on order. Two of those will now be delivered this month.

The Netherlands had ordered 20 NH90s, 12 of them for the navy.

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