- Signing of AW101 contract
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 AW101 Delivered to Norway, 20-Nov-17 : Norway received the first first of 16 AW101. The all-weather search and rescue helicopter departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility in UK for Sola airbase to begin a test period
Norway AW101 Training Centre Opens, 13-Jun-17 : Official opening ceremony of the AW101 Norway Training Centre at Stavanger Sola Airport by Minister of Justice & Public Security
Norwegian AW101 Roll Out Ceremony, 31-May-16 : Norwegian AW101 NAWSARH SAR helicopter was unveilled by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, in a roll out ceremony held at Yeovil, UK
Flat-Panel Surveillance Radar for Norway AW101, 03-May-16 : Osprey is the newest Leonardo-Finmeccanica E-scan surveillance radar and will be first installed on Norwegian NAWSARH AW101 helicopters
Norwegian First AW101 Maiden Flight, 23-Mar-16 : Finmeccanica announced the first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101 for Norway successfully performed its maiden flight at its Yeovil factory in the UK on 21st March 2016.
Kongsberg and AgustaWestland Cooperation, 16-Jul-14 : Kongsberg Defence Systems and AgustaWestland today signed a protocol for extending and increasing co-operation relating to Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) of dynamic components (including various gear boxes) for the NH90 helicopter and a range of AgustaWestland helicopters.
FLIR Star SAFIRE 380-HDc for Norway AW101, 28-May-14 : WILSONVILLE, OR - FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that its Star SAFIRE 380-HDc was selected by the Norway Ministry of Justice and Public Security for its new fleet of AW101 helicopters to be used in Norway’s All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH) program.
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30-May-12 - EC225 NORDSAR proposal for Norway SAR
29-Feb-12 - Norway pre-selects the NH90 for future SAR capability
List of Aircraft
|C/N||Built||ID In this Organisation||In other Org|
|50262||2016|| 0262: Norway f/f 21mar16, test serial ZZ100|
|50264|| 0264: Norway f/f 17aug16, test serial ZZ101|
|50265||2017|| 0265: Second Norwegian AW101; 19jan18 pictured departing Yeovil|| ZZ102: AgustaWestland Yeovil Feb17 |
|50268|| 0268: First Norwegian AW101 delivered, , test serial ZZ103; 17nov1+|
|50270|| 0270: Norway, test serial ZZ104|
|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|