AgustaWestland AW101 612
norway Luftforsvaret

Royal Norwegian Air Force

2017 to present


Luftforsvaret AW101 612

On February 2007, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice announced that their option to buy 10 NH90 in the SAR version to replace the aging Sea King MK.43 would be allowed to lapse. Instead, they opened the NAWSARH ( Norwegian All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter ) competition.

The finalists were the AW.101 and the EC225 while the Sikorsky H-92 Superhawk was eliminated. Other proposals, but not considered, included the V-22 Osprey and the HH-47 Chinook.

The AgustaWestland AW101 was chosen after the acquisition process started in October 2011, with tender documents released in July 2012. On November 2013 was announced as the Winner.

The contract, signed on 19 December 2013, includes 16 new SAR helicopters with an option for a further 6, and ensures that the Sea King will be phased out by the end of 2020.

First flight of the AW101-612 achieved March 21, 2016 by #0262. First delivered, #0268, handled over at Yeovil, UK on November 17, 2017 but suffered a ground accident at Sola a week later and needed to be returned to the UK for repairs. #0265 and #0270 followed in January 2018 and #0273 in March 2019.

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50262 2016     0262: Norway f/f 21mar16, test serial ZZ100
50264 2016     0264: Norway f/f 17aug16, test serial ZZ101
AgustaWestland UK ZZ101: Manufacturer test serial. To Norway Jul 2018
50265 2017     0265: Second Norwegian AW101; 19jan18 pictured departing Yeovil
AgustaWestland UK ZZ102: AgustaWestland Yeovil Feb17
50268     0268: First Norwegian AW101 delivered, , test serial ZZ103; 17nov1+
50270 2017     0270: Norway, test serial ZZ104
AgustaWestland UK ZZ104: Manufacturers test serial, ff 17 Jan 2018; to Norway by+
50273     0273: Norway, test serial ZZ105
50275     0275: Norway, test serial ZZ106
50276     0276: Norway, test serial ZZ107
50277     0277: Norway, test serial ZZ108
50278     0278: Norway, test serial ZZ109
50279     0279: Norway, test serial ZZ110
50280     0280: Norway, test serial ZZ111
50281     0281: Norway, test serial ZZ112
50282     0282: Norway, test serial ZZ113
50283     0283: Norway, test serial ZZ114
50284     0284: Norway, test serial ZZ115

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