Germany is reportedly suspending its three billion euro purchase of the EADS Tiger attack helicopter due to serious problems with its wiring.
A Defence Ministry spokesman has said the first combat-ready aircraft are not expected before 2012
And according to a leaked ministry report the purchase from EADS division Eurocopter has been suspended “until the faults have been effectively and systematically rectified.”
So far 11 of 80 Tiger helicopters that were ordered have been delivered but the report said none was suitable for operational use or training.
This is the latest in a series of setbacks for EADS. It comes on top of delays to the A400M military transport plane and its NH-90 multi-role helicopter.
The Tigers are needed to provide air support for the 4,300 German troops deployed in northern Afghanistan.
Eurocopter said: “Corrective measures related to wiring problems have been developed, agreed by the customer and are being implemented.”