|Norway has ordered 16 AW101s for its SAR program.|
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 Norwegian Air Force will operate the helicopters.