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Norway launches coast guard helicopter market survey

9th December 2021 - 13:57 GMT | by Tim Martin in Belfast

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Norway's NH90 helicopter programme has been long troubled by delayed aircraft deliveries. (Photo: Norwegian Armed Forces)

Question marks around NH90 capabilities are behind a move by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to open dialogue with industry on potential supply of new coast guard helicopters.

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has released a new RfI to explore market interest from commercial vendors for supply of new coast guard helicopters as a potential way to overcome NH Industries NH90 aircraft being unable to fulfil the country’s frigate and coast guard requirements.

‘The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) is exploring opportunities to procure leased aircraft services in support of Coast Guard operations within the Norwegian maritime area of responsibility focusing on the high north (the northern Atlantic, the Barents Sea, Svalbard, Jan Mayen),’ the RfI states.

‘The leased aircraft service will need to provide reliable and

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