Leonardo and Kongsberg extend collaboration
November 1, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace opened a new AW101 and NH90 helicopter transmissions MRO and test facility in Kongsberg, Norway. In conjunction with the facility, Kongsberg reached a new 25-year agreement with Leonardo to satisfy its commitments for in Norway for the NH90.
The new facility will provide an in-country capability for the Norwegian AW101 and NH90 helicopter fleets, as well as support other Leonardo AW101 and NH90 helicopters throughout Scandinavia and for other international fleets.
“We are very pleased to have signed a 25-year agreement with Kongsberg, expanding and extending our collaboration to ensure we deliver efficient in-country support for Norway’s AW101 and NH90 helicopters and other operators in the region,” said Gian Piero Cutillo, Leonardo Helicopters’ managing director
A new Multi-Purpose Test Rig within the facility will enable gearboxes to be fully tested before being returned to service, explains Leonardo, helping to reduce the time and cost of MRO activities.
The Kongsberg facility will also be an integral part of Leonardo’s comprehensive support solution for the AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH), 16 of which are in the process of delivery.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Leonardo have been working together for more than 30 years on the MRO of Sea King and Lynx helicopter transmissions.