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26th May 2022 - 12:50 GMT | by Ben Vogel


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The Swedish Armed Forces' Supreme Commander Gen Micael Bydén announced last week that the country was cancelling its purchase agreement of NH90 maritime helicopters due to problems with the availability of the NHIndustries-designed rotorcraft.

The ruling on the NH90 came as part of a wider defence modernisation and procurement plan.

The announcement was no surprise, however, as Maj Gen Carl-Johan Edstrom, chief of the Swedish Air Force, said at a 17 July press briefing that Sweden will make a decision this autumn whether to continue to operate the NH90 or ‘go the way of Norway’ and turn to another platform.

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Unlike Norway, Sweden would not instantly stop operating the NH90, but its withdrawal from service would begin in 2024 with the entire fleet retiring by 2030.

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Sandown Class

Admiral Kuznetsov

TitleSandown ClassAdmiral Kuznetsov
SubcategoriesMinehuntersAircraft carriers
SuppliersBAE Systems Maritime – Naval ShipsNikolayev Shipyard
Manufacturer CountryUKRUSSIA
Total Ordered202
Total Delivered181
Unit Cost (US$)2000000.00U
First Delivery Date19891990
Out Of Service Date20252046
StatusOut of productionOut of production
Length 1 (overall)52.5m305m
Width 1 (overall)10.9m72m
Depth 2 (draft)2.6m10m
Weight 1 (overall)600t58,600t
Speed 1 (maximum)13kt29kt
Range 1 (overall travel)4,630km8,500NM
Flight DeckN/ANo

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MH-60R/MH-60S Seahawk

S-70B/SH-60B Seahawk

TitleMH-60R/MH-60S SeahawkS-70B/SH-60B Seahawk
CategoriesHelicopters, HelicoptersHelicopters
SubcategoriesMilitary helicopters - maritime, Military helicopters - multiroleMilitary helicopters - maritime
SuppliersSikorsky, a Lockheed Martin CompanySikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
Manufacturer CountryUSAUSA
Total Ordered667620
Total Delivered602616
Unit Cost (US$)37000000.0039000000.00
First Delivery Date20011984
Out Of Service Date20302022
StatusIn productionOut of production
Length 1 (overall)19.76m19.75m
Width 1 (overall)2.36m3.26m
Height 1 (overall)5.1m5.2m
Diameter 3 (rotors)16.35m16.35m
Weight 1 (overall)10.68t9.93t
Weight 4 (empty)6.19t6.89t
Weight 2 (Amount can lift)3,551kg2,700kg
Speed 1 (maximum)180kt180kt
Speed 3 (cruise)147kt146kt
Range 1 (overall travel)684km684km
Effective Altitude12,000ft19,000ft
Altitude 2 (HOGE)14,845.8ft11,220.47ft
Altitude 3 (HIGE)10,518.37ft15,987.53ft

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