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Patria bags new helicopter support contract

21st June 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Patria will support the Norwegian Police’s new AW169 helicopters under an agreement signed with Leonardo Helicopters.

The agreement will see Patria provide maintenance, repair and overhaul for the fleet from its base in Gardermoen, Oslo Airport, over a ten year period.

The new AW169 aircraft will enable the Norwegian Police to enhance capabilities and readiness to counter various threats such as terrorism and other crimes, delivering greater range than the current helicopters in service and rapid response over shorter ranges from other bases, when necessary. The fleet will perform a range of tasks including observation, surveillance, special operations team transport and airborne sniping, and ensuring high versatility with quick and easy reconfiguration between roles. The specific layout of the Norwegian Police’s helicopters will allow the transport of six people plus crew.

Patria has been growing its helicopter support business in recent years, working with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation to support the Norwegian Defence Forces’ NH90 fleet. It also supports Norwegian Bell 412 helicopters, and AIM Norway (co-owned by Kongsberg and Patria) is maintaining the new Norwegian AW101 rescue helicopters.

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