BERLIN --- On 5 February 2015, the company Airbus Helicopter informed the Ministry of Defense and the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (German defense procurement agency, formerly BWB—Ed.) that further investigation by industry of an incident with an NH90 on 19 June 2014 in Termez (Uzbekistan) has determined that technical improvements are required to the Overhead Control Panel (OHCP).
This is based on the knowledge now gained by the manufacturer that it may possibly cause a short circuit due to a so-called design error in the triggering of the engine’s fire-extinguishing system.
Given this new information, the Air Safety Committee of the Bundeswehr’s Aviation Office on 6 February 2015 recommended that the Inspector of the Army provisionally suspend routine flight operations of the NH90 for safety reasons.
This recommendation was accepted the Inspector of the Army.
The MoD now expects the elimination of the problem by the manufacturer as soon as possible.