MRO provider Heli-One has been contracted by Leonardo to support the fleet of AW101 SAR Queen helicopters operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Personnel from Heli-One’s Stavanger facility will be working with Leonardo staff to perform line maintenance, increasing the amount of trained personnel available to support the new fleet.
Norway contracted Leonardo to deliver 16 new AW101 NAWSARH (Norwegian All-Weather Search and Rescue Helicopters) aircraft optimized for long-range and maritime operations. This is the same aircraft type that will serve as the model for Canada’s recently expanded $1.24 billion Cormorant upgrade plan.
Heli-One notes the NAWSARH helicopters feature airframe, component, cabin and avionics customizations that are suited for Norway’s dynamic airborne operating environment. The SAR Queen helicopters, assembled in Leonardo in Yeovil’s (UK) facilities, officially became operational from the Royal Norwegian Air Force base in Sola in 2020. Currently the fleet is at 13 aircraft located across the Sola, Ørland, Banak, and Bodø bases with plans to expand their presence to two other locations in the country.
“Our team is excited to support this new fleet in Norway and we are delighted to further expand our already-extensive relationship with Leonardo,” said Carolyn Forsyth, General Manager of Sales, Commercial & Customer Support, Heli-One. “Our team has decades of experience in maintaining North Sea-based helicopters and we are honoured to bring that expertise to supporting this fleet which provides such a critical service.”