Australia had a total of 46 MRH90 ( NH90 ). 40 units were deployed to the Australian Army and 6 units to the Australian Navy. The original retirement schedule was 2037. This means he is stepping down 14 years early. On July 28 , an Australian Army NH90 crashed during
the Australian-led multinational exercise Talisman Saber, killing four crew members. Last March, the Australian Army’s NH90 ran out. There were two accidents in one year. The Australian military selected the U.S. UH-60M Black Hawk as an emergency replacement and received three units last August. In the future, 40 UH-60Ms are planned to take over the mission of 46 NH90s . The NH90 was once considered an excellent helicopter among domestic military enthusiasts . What happened?
The early retirement of NH90 is the curse of group tasks
NH90 is another example of the curse of ‘group task’. A group task is a task that two or more students in a university, middle school, or high school work together in groups. The ideal is that when many people join forces, they can accomplish more difficult tasks than individuals.
But ‘reality’ is not like that. At group meetings for group assignments, there are people who work hard on their assignments, while there are also people who do it half-heartedly or lazily. The latter is called a free rider . Also, there are cases where several people divide the work, but when they combine it later, it becomes a mess.
George Washington, the first president of the United States, wrote in a letter to his colleague Henry Knox, “I have observed throughout my life that two people do not do well when one person can do a task, and if three or more do it, they do not finish it at all.”
And in what way is NH90 the curse of group work?
Joint development with a grand beginning and a humble end
NH90 had a great start. The problem is that the ending is weak.
France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, the core members of NATO, gathered together in 1985 and decided to jointly develop a multipurpose helicopter . However, the UK slipped away in 1987, and France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands jointly invested to establish NH Industries.
The first flight was successful in 1995. NH90 raised스포츠토토 a lot of expectations. It was the first helicopter to be equipped with Fly-by-Wire ( FBW ), a digital flight control system. The fuselage was made of composite materials, and a stealth and noise design was applied.
NH Industries received orders for the first batch of 366 units in 2000. Portugal joined the NH90 project in June 2001 . Local production contracts for NH90 have been signed with Spain, Finland, and Australia .
but… . There’s a problem. Priority production. The production volume was far short of the order quantity, so the delivery time had to be missed every time.
One unit was barely delivered 6 years later than contracted.
Norway signed a contract for 14 NH90s in 2001 and agreed to receive them from 2005 to 2008. However, it was not until December 2011 that the first NH90 arrived in Norway. Until last year, there were 13 NH90s acquired by Norway . Norway was angry and demanded a refund along with breaking the contract.
The starting point was to evenly distribute development and production. Italy produces gearboxes, hydraulic systems, and automatic flight control systems, France produces cockpits (instrument panels), engines, rotors, etc., Germany produces fuel systems and communication systems, etc., and the Netherlands produces landing gear and doors. Each is produced. Prototype Units 1 to 3 were made in France, Unit 4 was made in Germany, and Unit 5 was made in Italy.
Production plants are located separately in Italy (32%), France (31.5%), and Germany (31.5%), where NH Industries owns more than 30% of the shares. This made it difficult to manage it properly.
Moreover, the quality was not good.