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Norway received the first search and rescue helicopter AW-101

The Leonardo Group has announced the transfer of the first AW-101 search and rescue helicopter to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security. TSAMTO.

Norway received the first search and rescue helicopter AW-101

The car flew from the company in Yeoville (Britain) to the Sola air base (in southern Norway).

AW-101 was selected on the basis of a tender announced in 2011 for the supply of a “Norwegian all-weather search and rescue helicopter”. AgustaWestland (part of Leonardo) with AW-101 and Eurocopter with EC-725 Caracal reached the final of the competition. Earlier, the NH Industries consortium with NH90 and Sikorsky with S-92 dropped out of the competition.

AgustaWestland entered into a contract for the supply of Norway's 16 new AW-101 search and rescue helicopters in December of 2013. The cost of the transaction amounted to 1 billion pounds ($ 1,63 billion). Deliveries will be made before 2020.

The purchase is financed by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and the helicopters will be operated as part of the Norwegian Air Force.

It is reported that “the new AW-101 will be equipped with an advanced search and rescue equipment package, including a Leonardo Osprey radar with electronic scanning, a digital four-axis autopilot, two rescue lifts, a searchlight, an electronic-optical surveillance unit, a mobile phone detection system , an obstacle warning system, meteorological radar, medical equipment ".

The flight range of the vehicle exceeds 1300 km, more than 30 people can be accommodated on board.
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    HEATHER 22 November 2017 16: 15
    They don’t have the best. Already.
    1. WUA 518
      WUA 518 22 November 2017 16: 42
      The Helicopter Rescue Service (Redningshelikoptertjenesten) in Norway was created in 1967 after the death of the Skagerrak ferry that had been sailing to Denmark a year earlier. Then, all 144 passengers and crew on board were successfully evacuated ashore with the help of only one Danish rescue Sikorsky S61A, purchased in 1965. After such an impressive demonstration, helicopters were immediately recognized as an invaluable resource for search and rescue operations at sea. As a temporary measure, the Ministry of Justice (the local counterpart of the Ministry of Internal Affairs + Ministry of Emergencies), without delay, first leased two helicopters from a civilian operator, and then rather quickly (in modern times) organized and held a competition where Westland Sea King Mk43B won among four applicants. In 1972, ten new machines of this type were purchased and in 1973 they were transferred to the operational operation of the 330th Air Force squadron. Later bought two helicopters to make up for the irreparable loss - in 1978 and 1992. Two more were acquired in 1996, so there have been 12 Sea King in Norway since then.
      Pay attention to the words "since." Simple calculations show that most of Norway’s helicopter rescue service fleet has been in operation for 44 years. It is no wonder that 4-5 Sea King's are now constantly chained to the ground, being under repair or maintenance.
      To replace them, there is a program for the purchase of new rescue helicopters, which the Norwegian wits have long come up with the alternative name TTULT, as the abbreviation for "Ting Tar Unødvendig Lang Tid". It’s easy to guess that this is a play on words - a phrase can be translated as “Something, the adoption of which was too long”, and at the same time “It has long been an unnecessary thing.” And there’s the adjective “tullt” in TT, similar to the spelling with TTULT - silly, stupid, ridiculous.

      Here is a brief history of the Ttult program. Back in 1997, the Fostervol Parliamentary Committee for the first time publicly stated that Sea King rescue helicopters needed to be replaced with something more modern. On the basis of this report, “only” four years later, the Ministry of Justice developed and sent to Parliament a report No. 44 (2001-2002), “Prospects for a helicopter rescue service.” There they examined the document and in May 2001 decided to convene the Helikopterfaglig Forum, which was to develop recommendations for the future of Norwegian rescue helicopters, at the Ministry of Justice.

      The Forum took “only” two years to develop and discuss the “Rescue Helicopter Report”. In June 2003, they announced their decision - against the background of the purchase for the Norwegian Air Force of 14 new NH-90 helicopters under the Nordic Standard Helicopter Procurement (Nordic Standard Helicopter Procurement) program for arming them with Bokhr ships and the country's Navy frigates, they considered it most appropriate to provide an option in the contract, then to buy ten more of the same cars, but in a search and rescue version.

      Then the NSHP program began to slip more clearly, and at a regular meeting of the Forum in 2007 it suddenly became clear that the NH-90 had ceased to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Justice. The government immediately refused the option, and the Ministry of Justice in August of that year announced the new program NAWSARH (Norwegian All Weather Search And Rescue Helicopter - Norwegian all-weather search and rescue helicopter). To reduce costs, Iceland decided to join the project and in November 2007 signed a joint procurement agreement.

      Bear with us, not much is left for us.

      In August 2008, they published a request for information for the tender. In June 2011, the government adopted parliamentary bill No. 146 (2010-2011), “Procurement of new rescue helicopters from 2013-2020,” for execution. In October 2011, announced preliminary plans for the acquisition of a total of 25 helicopters, including machines for Iceland. In February 2012, they named the companies that were invited to send tenders. In July of the same year, the competition candidates themselves were finally announced: Agusta Westland EH-101 Merlin, Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma, NH Industries NH-90 and Sikorsky Aircraft SH-92.
      Decide for yourself why they dragged on for two whole years if the applicants were known back in 2010.

      The competition was neither shaky, nor swollen, until Christmas as a New Year’s gift, he received a pretty accelerating kick when one of the old Sea King people, due to a malfunction, sat in a forced, inaccessible terrain on the slope of Mount Divgagáisá in the Porsanger area . The equipment delivered to the landing site determined that they would not be able to carry out repairs in the field, therefore, to evacuate the machines, they had to invite foreign specialists.

      The situation itself is not the most pleasant, but the fact that it was the Russians who did it caused a natural butchert among local hyperpatriots (this category is practically no different in any country in the world, only with a certain national flavor).

      In fairness, to the best of their ability, Norwegian pilots tried to comply with global trends. For example, in 2009, crazy handles from the FFI Research Institute installed a self-made ECO on all 12 Sea King designed on the basis of the Canon HV30 commercial high-resolution / low-light digital video camera - an option that has long been considered a must for any self-respecting helicopter.
      Meanwhile, the new year 2013 has come, the next parliamentary elections and the chair under the then Prime Minister and future Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg were approaching, because the chances of the coalition of socialists and the greens to repeat their past success were disappearing before our eyes.

      Literally from the first of January, the NAWSARH functionaries in Stavanger received and sent out tons of papers, traveled to the factories of all four manufacturing companies until they decided that the project was finally "ripe". The Ministry of Justice modestly reported that they spent more than 100 million kroons (more than $ 16 million) on all studies, reports and trips, and no one could clearly explain why it took so long. Many were waiting for the signing of the contract in the summer, because there were elections in the fall. The government wanted it to be visible at least some energy and at least in this "slightly" protracted procurement process, which only took some 16 years, but to be kind, then "only" six years under the NAWSARH program. And this is far from the end. If a decision is made, it will take another 4-6 years before the new rescue helicopters are put into operation.

      As expected, the “red-green” lost the election “white-blue”, so the final decision fell already on the government of Erna SULBERG. In mid-November 2013, the results were summed up, and in December, the newly renamed Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Norway signed a contract with the Italian-British company Agusta Westland for the supply of new AW101 Merlin helicopters modification AW101-612. It was developed on the basis of the Italian model AW101-611, due to which it was planned to achieve significant savings. The amount of the initial contract was 6,25 billion kroons ($ 1,01 billion).

      According to its provisions, until 2020, 16 helicopters in the search and rescue version should be delivered, which will be produced at the enterprise in Yoville (UK). Additional terms of the contract include the construction of appropriate infrastructure, the transfer of related equipment and maintenance. In addition, an option is provided for the supply of six more cars in the multi-purpose version. The entry into force of this paragraph depends on the timeliness of the terms of the current contract. The delivery date for the first two helicopters is scheduled for April 1, 2017. Acting under the operational subordination of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security of Norway, as before, the new search and rescue helicopters will organizationally be part of the 330th squadron, that is, the Norwegian Air Force will actually be engaged in their operation and maintenance. After the replacement, all Sea King helicopters are scheduled to be decommissioned by 2020. The expected life of the AW101 Merlin should be 30-40 years.
      1. HEATHER
        HEATHER 22 November 2017 16: 44
        Well, you threw the text. Decrease the position.
      2. Svarog51
        Svarog51 22 November 2017 22: 49
        Alexander, my respect hi Koment surpasses the article on information by an order of magnitude. Delighted. good drinks
    2. SAF
      SAF 22 November 2017 16: 42
      ONE helicopter - 102 million green?
    3. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 22 November 2017 17: 03
      Who does the VERESK-Dunkel work for?
      1. HEATHER
        HEATHER 22 November 2017 17: 05
        WHERE DO YOU WORK FOR?Mugamba. From Zimbabwe. Any other questions?
  2. polkovnik manuch
    polkovnik manuch 22 November 2017 16: 38
    Good Masha, but not ours!
  3. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 22 November 2017 17: 00
    Norway received the first search and rescue helicopter AW-101
    Congratulations. Now then they will find Russian submarines from the first call.
    Life preserver? What difference does Pl find - save themselves. This is the Swedes love to look for submarines? What difference does the Norwegians find, the Swedes will unfasten them. All honestly.