By Staff Writer | December 1, 2007
The Finnish government is investigating why NHIndustries has delayed delivery of its NH90s and assessing the impact of the delays on the nation’s defense capabilities.
Defense Minister Jyri Häkämies has tasked a leading Finnish industrialist with assessing the procurement and development of the tactical transport helicopter produced by the NHI partnership of Eurocopter, AgustaWestland, and Stork Aerospace.
The industrialist, Keijo Suila, is a former president and CEO of the flag airline Finnair and chairman of the Oneworld airline alliance.
Finland ordered 20 NH90s in 2001 in the NATO-standard configuration under a joint initiative with Sweden and Norway. Deliveries were to begin in 2004, with the NH90s becoming operational next year. Finland has yet to receive an NH90.
The defense ministry said a report on the NH90 program would be ready early next year.