First AW101 helicopter delivered to Norway
Leonardo has delivered the first of 16 AW101 all-weather search and rescue (SAR) helicopters to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security, the company announced on 20 November.
The aircraft arrived at Sola Air Base in southern Norway where it will enter a period of operational test and evaluation before entering service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018.
Deliveries of the aircraft are expected to continue through 2020 as SAR operations are established with the aircraft deployed across six main operating bases.
The aircraft is equipped with an SAR equipment package including a multi-panel Osprey AESA surveillance radar system, four-axis digital automatic flight control system, two rescue hoists, searchlight, EO device and a fully integrated avionics and mission system. Other equipment and systems include a mobile telephone detection system, obstacle proximity warning system, weather radar, complete medical station and mission console.
The company is providing initial support and training services, including spares at each of the operating bases and has recently completed training for the initial group of aircrew. Leonardo will then provide logistic support to deliver approximately 90,000 flying hours across the fleet of 16 helicopters over the initial 15 year period.
Leonardo has partnered with AIM Aviation to provide maintenance services at operating bases and with Kongsberg Defence Systems to provide helicopter transmission repair and overhaul services in Norway.
An AW101 full flight simulator was commissioned in June 2017 at Sola Airport to provide in-country training for aircrew in advance of aircraft deliveries. The simulator will be used by Norwegian aircrew and third parties to provide training.
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