The Government of Germany and Eurocopter have agreed on the number of helicopters NH90 and Tiger, procured for the German armed forces.
Months of negotiations between the parties with 2 ended March 15 with the signing of an agreement on the purchase of a reduced number of helicopters. Under the deal, Germany now buys 82 NH90 helicopters instead of the initial 122, the amount purchased attack helicopters EC665 Tiger UHT be reduced from 80 to 57. All helicopters arrive in army aviation.
Under the agreement, the German Navy will receive 18 helicopters NH90, which should change the outdated helicopters Sea Kings and Lynx production company Westland. This agreement is made to support the Eurocopter NH90 helicopters in the production and Tiger.
Negotiations were started in 2011 when the German government announced a reduction of the armed forces, which involve substantial cuts planned procurement of helicopters NH90 and Tiger. The deal to ship NH90 principled as she closes the planned competition for helicopters for the Navy, in which NH90 would participate with Sikorsky H-92 Cyclone and AgustaWestland AW101. Navy initially required 30 helicopters.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defense of Germany said that «the decision on the purchase of 18 helicopters for the Navy will strengthen Germany’s position in the European and international cooperation in this strategic sector principle of helicopters.»