The German government has suspended its purchase of 80 Eurocopter
Tiger attack helicopters because the aircraft already delivered
have extensive wiring problems, and are configured to an early
specification which has since changed.
The helos are already five years behind schedule, according to
the Times of London. The order is reportedly worth some $3.6
billion. Only 11 have been delivered, though Germany had expected
to take delivery of 67 of the aircraft last year.
A Defense Ministry document said the Tiger has "serious defects
particularly with its wiring," and it is suspending purchase "until
the faults have been effectively and systematically rectified."
The German Defense Ministry says that, because of the problems,
the first of the Tigers will not be available for deployment to
Afghanistan until November, 2011 at the earliest. None of the 11
helicopters delivered has been suitable for training or operational
use, the report said.
Eurocopter says that corrective measures have been developed,
approved by the German Defense Ministry, and are being