The NH90 helicopter was jointly produced by Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands, and built for both ground and naval operations. Developed to provide NATO states with a medium sized battlefield helicopter, it is currently in service in the militaries of nine European NATO states as well as with NATO allies Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Oman and Qatar.Norway placed its first order for the NH90 in 2001, eight for&nbsp;its Navy's Coast Guard and six for&nbsp;its naval frigates. The price of the order came to $900 million, or $64.3 million per aircraft. Procurement of the costly platforms has been described as&nbsp;a nightmare, and represents the latest in a series of failures and cost overruns in recent European weapons programs. Indeed, the NH-90 when compared to the American Sikorsky Seahawk or Russian Ka-31 lags significantly in both cost effectiveness and combat performance. The most advanced variants of the U.S. platform cost approximately $40 million while the Russian platform costs significantly less. Both are notably combat tested an far more reliable than the NH90, making them arguably far better choices all around - political concerns aside. The Norwegian armed forces have as a result of the European helicopter's failures considered declaring a breach of contract by the provider and withdrawing their order. The first NH90s ordered by the Norwegian Navy took over a decade to be delivered. Not only was the platform's delivery delayed significantly, but its performance was also below expectations. The helicopter underperformed in&nbsp;promised flight hours and has still not been certified for&nbsp;instrumental flights despite the original delivery date having long been passed. The NH90 was also found to&nbsp;cost a substantial $23,000 per flight hour, with&nbsp;total lifetime costs for&nbsp;the whole program projected at $3.8 billion. This again bore a stark contrast to its far more effective non European alternatives such as the American Sikorsky Seahawk costing only $4,300 per hour to operate. Perpetual delays and numerous technical issues led to significant doubts among the Norwegian Defence Staff over&nbsp;whether the project should be seen through to its end. While purchasing a Russian platform, regardlessness of its effectiveness, is highly unlikely for optical reasons the American Seahawk could well prove an all around better alternative should the Norwegian Navy choose to abandon the NH-90.