Serious corrosion problems and manufacturing defects have caused The Netherland’s defence ministry to halt further deliveries of the NH-90 helicopter intended for use by the Royal Netherlands Navy. The resulting gap is to be filled by increased operations by Cougar helicopters.
In a agreement signed today The Netherlands’ Air Mobile Brigade will become a part of the German Army “Division Schnelle Kräfte”. The resulting unit will be commanded by a German Army general who’s second in command will be Dutch, the Dutch component will continue to be based at it’s current base in The Netherlands. It is hoped that this far reaching cooperation will lead to economy-of-scale benefits and will increased capacity through the sharing of scarce and expensive resources. The force created would be some 11.000 strong with The Netherlands contributing about 2000 troops.