The Norwegian government has placed a $1.6-billion order for 16 AgustaWestland AW101s to meet its all weather search and rescue (SAR) service requirement. Under the contract, Norway has options to purchase six further aircraft. AgustaWestland will equip the fleet with an advanced SAR package, including a multi-panel surveillance radar system from Selex ES, two rescue hoists and a fully integrated avionics and mission system.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017. The helicopters will be operated by the Norwegian Air Force.
AW1109 NAWSARH flying. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland
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