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December 17, 2014
Netherlands lifts suspension of NH90 helicopter deliveries
The Hague, Netherlands (UPI) Dec 17, 2014
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 solu ... read more

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