AgustaWestland Signs Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter Contract for 16 AW101 Helicopters
(Source: AgustaWestland; issued Dec. 19, 2013)
An artist’s impression of the AgustaWestland 101 helicopter sporting the colors of the Norwegian Search And Rescue helicopter service. (AW imagery)
AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for 16 AW101 helicopters, plus support and training, valued at approximately £1 billion (€1.15 billion), to meet the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter (NAWSARH) requirement. The contract also includes an option for six further aircraft.

The contract was signed at the end of a meticulous selection process that took into account technical features as well as risks and cost evaluations. The AW101 emerged once again as the best solution to meet the stringent requirements issued by the Committee tasked with the selection. The AW101 benefits from three-engine safety, a full ice protection system for flight in known icing conditions, long range and endurance, a proven 30 minute “run dry” gearbox as well as multiple redundancy features in the avionic and mission systems.

The contract signing ceremony was held in Olso today in the presence of Anders Anundsen, Minister of Justice and Public Security, and Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland.

Aircraft deliveries to the Royal Norwegian Air Force, who will fly and operate the helicopters, will start in 2017 and continue through to 2020. The aircraft will be assembled at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK.

As part of the contract, a fifteen year “turnkey” support solution will be delivered, comprising spares and technical support and training services, with an option for it to be extended for a further five years.

Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland’s CEO said: “We are delighted that the AW101 has been awarded the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter contract following a very detailed evaluation process of all the alternatives. The new generation AW101 will bring new capabilities and is a worthy successor to the AgustaWestland Sea King which has successfully served Norway for more than 40 years.”

He added: “The AW101 is recognized around the world as the most capable and advanced helicopter in its class and has proven its outstanding all weather and long range SAR abilities in service with the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Danish Air Force and Portuguese Air Force. Furthermore, the success reaffirms AgustaWestland’s excellence as a provider of advanced rotorcraft and comprehensive support solutions.”

“I am very pleased with signing the contract for new rescue helicopters” says the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen. “This ensures a significantly improved safety for people at sea, along the coast and in remote areas around the country. The new helicopters will be able to rescue significantly more people in distress, be noticeably faster and with longer range than today - under virtually all weather conditions. Additionally, search capability and the possibility for medical treatment are significantly improved.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “This £1bn deal between AgustaWestland and the Norwegian Government is testament to the first class engineering skills we have right across the UK, while highlighting that this Government’s long-term economic plan is working. Safeguarding over 3000 jobs across their Yeovil plant and many more across the SME supply chain, this is a hugely significant order which demonstrates why drumming up jobs and investment for our country from overseas investors is crucial to rebalancing the UK economy. We’ve got our sights focused on helping more innovative British firms across the country compete in the global race and ensuring that more people share in our economic success.”

The aircraft will be equipped with an advanced SAR equipment package including a multi-panel AESA surveillance radar system from Selex ES that provides 360° coverage, 4-axis digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), two rescue hoists, searchlight, electro optical device and a fully integrated avionics and mission system. The large cabin doors and rear ramp provide easy access for personnel, survivors and equipment into the 27 m3 cabin which has stand-up head room throughout.

AgustaWestland will provide initial support and training services, including spares at each of the operating bases and aircrew training. It will then provide performance based logistic support to deliver approximately 90,000 flying hours across the fleet of 16 helicopters over the initial 15 year period. In support of pilot training a full flight simulator will be available in Norway in 2016 in advance of the delivery of the first aircraft.

AgustaWestland has partnered with Norwegian companies AIM Aviation to provide maintenance services at the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s operating bases and with Kongsberg Defence Systems to provide helicopter transmission repair and overhaul services.

About the AW101

The AW101 continues to lead its class as the world’s most advanced and capable search and rescue helicopter available today featuring a large cabin, over 1,300 km range, high cruise speed, all weather operating capability, high reliability and safety - including a proven 30-minute “run dry” gearbox. Its cabin can accommodate 30-plus survivors, SAR equipment and crew, and the cabin can easily be reconfigured to meet specific mission requirements including for Special Police Operations. (ends)



UK Government Welcomes £1 billion AgustaWestland Helicopter Deal
(Source: UK Dept. for Business, Innovation and Skills; issued Dec. 19, 2013)
Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable have welcomed the announcement that UK helicopter company, AgustaWestland, has signed a £1 billion contract to supply 16 helicopters plus support and training to the Norwegian government.

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“This £1 billion deal between AgustaWestland and the Norwegian government is testament to the first class engineering skills we have right across the UK, while highlighting that this government’s long-term economic plan is working.

“Safeguarding over 3000 jobs across their Yeovil plant and many more across the SME supply chain, this is a hugely significant order which demonstrates why drumming up jobs and investment for our country from overseas investors is crucial to rebalancing the UK economy.

“We’ve got our sights focused on helping more innovative British firms across the country compete in the global race and ensuring that more people share in our economic success.”

Speaking at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility today, Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

“In the run up to Christmas this £1 billion Search and Rescue helicopter deal helps to safeguard over 3,000 jobs at AgustaWestland and in the supply chain. It also further cements Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the aviation sector. Worldwide demand for our expertise is growing and the aerospace industry is proving key to rebalancing our economy towards manufacturing.

"British aerospace is a major success story worth £24 billion to our economy each year and employing 230,000 people across the country. The government’s industrial strategy is overseeing a £2 billion investment with industry in the creation of a new Aerospace Technology Institute - to help build the leaner, greener planes of tomorrow."

The AW101 helicopters will be assembled at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK with the involvement of many of the company’s other plants. The contract will help safeguard over 3,000 jobs at AgustaWestland and in the supply chain, which includes many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the South West and throughout the UK. SMEs in line to benefit from this high value contract include radar systems supplier, APPH, Somerset based rotor track and balance equipment company, SEA of Frome, and component manufacturer, Tods of Crewkerne.

The contract for the All Weather Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters was signed at the end of a meticulous selection process that took into account technical features, risks and costs evaluations. Aircraft deliveries to the Royal Norwegian Air Force, who will fly and operate the helicopters, will start in 2017 and continue through to 2020.

A signing ceremony was held in Oslo today attended by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, and Daniele Romiti, CEO of AgustaWestland. UKTI’s Defence and Security Organisation in London and the British Embassy in Oslo have supported AgustaWestland throughout the campaign.

Daniele Romiti, AgustaWestland’s CEO, said:

“We are delighted that the AW101 has been awarded the Norwegian All Weather SAR Helicopter contract following a very detailed evaluation process of all the alternatives. The new generation AW101 will bring new capabilities and is a worthy successor to the AgustaWestland Sea King which has successfully served Norway for more than 40 years.

“The AW101 is recognised around the world as the most capable and advanced helicopter in its class and has proven its outstanding all weather and long range SAR abilities in service with the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Danish Air Force and Portuguese Air Force. Furthermore, the success reaffirms AgustaWestland’s excellence as a provider of advanced rotorcraft and comprehensive support solutions.”

Norway has chosen a state of the art SAR helicopter that is already operated by a number of countries including Canada, Denmark and Portugal. The AW101 is ideal for the Norwegian SAR requirement with its long range and associated endurance, a large cabin, and proven ability to operate in hostile climatic conditions.

The aircraft will be equipped with an advanced SAR equipment package including a 360 degree electronic scan multi-array radar, a digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), two rescue hoists, a searchlight, an electro optical device and a fully integrated avionics and mission system.

BACKGROUND NOTES:

1. AgustaWestland will provide initial support and training services, including spares at each of the operating bases and aircrew training. It will then provide performance-based logistical support to deliver more than 90,000 flying hours across the fleet of 16 helicopters over the initial 15 year period. In support of pilot training a full flight simulator will be available in Norway in 2016 in advance of the delivery of the first aircraft.

2. AgustaWestland has partnered with Norwegian company AIM Aviation to provide maintenance services at the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s operating bases and with Kongsberg Defence Systems to provide helicopter transmission repair and overhaul services.

3. As part of the AgustaWestland contract, a 15 year “turnkey” support solution will be delivered, comprising spares and technical support and training services, with an option for it to be extended for a further five years.

4. The AW101 continues to lead its class as the world’s most advanced and capable search and rescue helicopter available today featuring a large cabin, over 1,300km range, high cruise speed, all weather operating capability, high reliability and safety - including a proven 30-minute “run dry” gearbox. Its cabin can accommodate 30-plus survivors, SAR equipment and crew, and the cabin can easily be reconfigured to meet specific mission requirements including for Special Police Operations.

5. The AW101 is a 16-tonne ultra-long range helicopter which is in service worldwide for a wide range of missions including SAR, transport, utility and naval missions. For more information please visit www.agustawestland.com

6. The helicopters will be used for all types of SAR missions, both overland and over water, day and night in all types of weather conditions. The helicopters could be called out to rescue a lone climber on a mountain, a fishing trawler crew out to sea or to help evacuate an oil rig in an emergency.

7. AgustaWestland is a technology leader in its markets and has an unrivalled range of rotorcraft designed to satisfy the requirements of commercial and military customers. AgustaWestland also provides leading support and training solutions to its growing customer base and has its main operations in Italy, the UK, Poland and the USA.

8. Norway is the UK’s 21st largest export market and was worth £6.61 billion in 2012 (goods and services), an increase of 7.7% on 2011.

9. The UK is Norway’s fifth largest import market with a market share of 6.1%, behind Sweden (13.6%), Germany (12.4%), China (9.3%) and Denmark (6.3%) in 2012. However, the UK is Norway’s largest export market, mainly due to gas imports.

10. In the 2012 Autumn Statement, UKTI was awarded an additional £70m for each of 2013/14 and 2014/15, enabling the recruitment of more international trade advisers around the country, expansion of existing services including the Trade Access Programme (TAP) and the Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS), and support to expand the range of assistance available to UK companies through overseas British chambers of commerce.


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Finmeccanica: Norway Purchases 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for a Value of EUR 1.15 billion
(Source: Finmeccanica; issued Dec. 19, 2013)
ROME --- AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded a contract worth about EUR 1.15 billion to supply 16 AW101 search & rescue (SAR) helicopters to Norway. The contract includes support and training and an option for six further aircraft.

Aircraft deliveries to the Royal Norwegian Air Force will start in 2017 and continue through to 2020. As part of the contract, a fifteen year “turnkey” support solution will be delivered, comprising spares and technical support and training services.

The SAR configuration of the AW101 for Norway includes a multi panel AESA surveillance radar system from Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company. Moreover, to support pilot training, a full flight simulator will be available in Norway in 2016, before the delivery of the first aircraft.

“The choice of the Norwegian government – Gianni De Gennaro, Chairman of Finmeccanica declares - is further testimony of the AgustaWestland’s global leadership both in terms of credibility and of technological value of the solutions offered to the market”.

“This success - Alessandro Pansa, CEO of Finmeccanica, declares - comes at the end of a complex selection process that considered strict technical criteria related to the assessment of the product.

“Once again AW101 is proving to be the best in its class and a valid response to the stringent requirements issued by the Commission in charge of the selection. An even more important result considering the context in which we operate, marked by a strong competition and in which are rewarded companies like Finmeccanica, able to support the customer throughout the life cycle of the product”.


Finmeccanica is Italy's main industrial group, leader in the high technology field, and ranks among the top ten groups at world level in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, with revenues of approximately 17 billion Euro, over 68,000 employees, 150 operating and commercial locations and 345 production facilities in 50 different countries world-wide, Finmeccanica is an international and multicultural group with an important presence in its four domestic markets: Italy, United Kingdom, the United States and Poland.

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