Singapore is reportedly putting off its decision to purchase Airbus Helicopter Super Pumas to replace its military fleet after the fatal crash involving a civilian aircraft of that model off the Norwegian coast in April.
Singapore announced back in 2015 its decision to replace some of its military’s 32 aging Super Pumas. Airbus had been the leading contender against Leonardo-Finmeccanica to supply those new helicopters in a $1 billion deal. Reuters reported that decision is on hold pending further investigations surrounding the crash.
Norway’s and the U.K.’s civil aviation authorities subsequently grounded all H225 LP and AS332 L2 flights
, as did the European Aviation Safety Agency and the U.S. FAA. Other countries, including Germany and Indonesia, have since followed suit with its military fleets of the aircraft.
Singapore had not announced any groundings of its current fleet of military Super Pumas. Its defense ministry also has yet to comment on these reports.