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Heli-Power 2011: Delays for Danish ambitions in Afghanistan

20th October 2011 - 12:32 GMT | by Tony Osborne

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Danish plans to deploy two AgustaWestland EH101 Merlins to Afghanistan are being delayed by issues over spare parts, according to a senior official.

Shortages of key components and difficulties in purchasing spare engines for the aircraft have limited crew training and delayed preparations by the Danish Air Force's Helicopter Wing Karup to send a pair of aircraft to Helmand towards the end of 2012.

Lt Col Steen Ulrich, chief of operations at the helicopter wing, told delegates at the Heli-Power 2011 exhibition in Farnborough that the wing would probably not be able to sustain the operations of two Merlins in

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Tony Osborne

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Tony Osborne


Tony was deputy editor of Defence Helicopter and Rotorhub magazines before joining Aviation Week in …

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