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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Friction Arises Over Eads-Germany Contract

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The relationship between the German government and EADS has become strained as Luftwaffe officials level accusations against the European aircraft contractor of failing to meet delivery obligations. The Luftwaffe says two helicopter programs are involved, the Tiger and the NH90.

The German military said the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter was delivered late, and the NH Industries (NHI) NH90 tactical transport helicopter did not meet certain, unpublicized operational capabilities when delivered. Another program, the naval version of the NH90, was two years late and overweight.

EADS, the Netherlands-based parent company of Eurocopter and part of the consortium that makes up NHI, said they will pay the six percent penalty for the delay with their Tiger helicopter, but denies any breach of contract in the NH90 matter, saying the German government accepted those aircraft upon delivery, which implied its satisfaction with the product.

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