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Old 25th Jan 2018, 18:48
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I see a couple of issues bringing this programme back into the News again. In another post here on PPRuNe it was mentioned that the Belgian NH-90's will be grounded for a year for modifications, with the Sea_King resuming the SAR role. Sea Kings continue flying operations

Belgian NH90 NFH helos out of commission for radar repairs | Jane's 360

https://sputniknews.com/military/201...icopter-delay/

https://www.aftenposten.no/norge/i/3...ikopteret-NH90
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 10:53
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Sweden is not pleased.

Sweden pointed out that its 18 NH90s cost over $24,000 an hour to operate while its American made UH-60s cost only $4,500 an hour. Moreover the Swedish NH90s had a low readiness rate, about half that of the UH-60. Sweden had similar experience to other NH90 users and, unlike the naval versions of the UH-60, the naval version of NH90 had even more problems. In desperation Sweden ordered 16 UH-60s to fill in until the NH90 is fixed. Getting the NH90 to be comparable in performance to the older UH-60 appears to be perpetual problem.
https://www.strategypage.com/htmw/ht.../20180308.aspx

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 15:07
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Can anyone offer a guesstimate on why $24,000 is needed for each flight hour? Fuel might account for $1,000-1,500 of the total. What is consuming the rest of the money?

Are manufacturers like NH Industries, Sikorsky (Canadian S-92) etc promising to deliver aircraft with outstanding performance and then failing to deliver a helicopter that will never, ever deliver on that promise?

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Old 8th Mar 2018, 16:50
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I don't think they're accurate with their costing at all. Are they taking the whole package (spares/training/machines) and dividing that up by how many hours they've flown?

Might even be counting wages for everybody associated with it! For whatever reason, it doesn't look like they're comparing the two machines properly.
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 17:41
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Have a good rummage through GKN's website as one of the major contractors for NH90 and tell me they seem adequately manned and fully up to speed on this. The fact they don't have anyone doing this job and are advertising it on their job portal shows they don't really have a clue.
https://careers.gkn.com/vacancies/va...acancyid=15591
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 19:02
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I have heard the figure of $25,000 / hr from other countries as well. Just silly little things, like a 100 hr check taking weeks and weeks, stretching into months to accomplish. That is with numerous maintenance staff on the job, so if you take all those wages at $$$$/week divide out by 100 then you need to add that to the cost!

At that rate, you wouldn't actually want to go to war with them!!!
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Old 8th Mar 2018, 20:19
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At that rate, you wouldn't actually want to go to war with them!!!
Well, quite frankly, it is THE machine I would want to go to war with. Far better mission integration systems than all other machines out there (specifically the US made ones). Great delight for pilots in adverse conditions regarding the sophisticated autopilot systems. I am not complaining with 200+ hours a year for the past 4 years.
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