Aligning national “logics” in a European military helicopter program

D.J.W.B. Uiterwijk, J.M.M.L. Soeters, P.C. van Fenema

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This article analyzes the public side of the NH90 network consisting of four participating countries (Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands) and their industrial partners. Comparable to observations in earlier international projects in the defense sector, the development and production of the NH90 defense helicopter did not match original plans and costs estimates. On the basis of four mechanisms that were intended to facilitate the cooperation between the partnering countries (the General Memorandum of Understanding; coalition formation; the role of the central agency; and the process of vertical escalation) the question is posed whether or not there was a true alignment of national interests and “logics.” The lack of standardization, as well as program delays and issues concerning the division of the work-share, lead to the emerging alignment being characterized as “quasi-alignment” at best.
Keywords: weapon programs, international cooperation, networks, defense procurement, alignment, “logics”

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-67
JournalDefense & Security Analysis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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