Norway decision on helicopters ‘legally groundless’, NHindustries says

An NH90 is seen during the Black Blade military exercise involving several European Union at the Florennes airbase

PARIS (Reuters) – NH Industries, which is owned by Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo, said on Friday it was “extremely disappointed” by Norway’s decision to return its NH90 military helicopters.

“NHIndustries considers this termination to be legally groundless,” the company said in statement.

“NHIndustries was not offered the possibility to discuss the latest proposal made to improve the availability of the NH90 in Norway and to address the specific Norwegian requirements,” it added.

Norway said earlier the NH90 helicopters were either unreliable or delivered late.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; editing by Silvia Aloisi and Jason Neely)