Kongsberg agrees to maintain Norwegian Sea King helicopters


Kongsberg Defence Systems has agreed to provide maintenance services for Sea King helicopters in Norway, as part of a deal worth NOK300m ($38m).

An agreement was signed between Kongsberg and the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation.

Under the terms of the contract, the company will maintain gearboxes for the Norwegian Sea King helicopters until 2020.

There is an option to extend the maintenance period for three more years.

Kongsberg Defence Systems Aerostructures executive vice-president Terje Bråthen said: “This framework agreement secures a continued operation of the Norwegian Sea King helicopters until the new AW101 search-and-rescue helicopters are fully operative, and entail an important continuity for Kongsberg in a period where the organisation is being built up to maintain gearboxes on the NH-90 and AW101 helicopters.”

The Sea King is operational as a search-and-rescue (SAR) and airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter. It can climb at the rate of 10.3m/s and travel at a maximum speed of 208km/h.

"It can climb at the rate of 10.3m/s and travel at a maximum speed of 208km/h."

The helicopter has a range and service ceiling of 1,230km and 3,050m respectively.

Last year, Leonardo-Finmeccanica launched the AW101 all-weather SAR helicopter for the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Earlier this year, Kongsberg Maritime was contracted to provide the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) with HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles.

The NDMA will use the vehicles for detection, classification and identification of mines.


Image: The Sea King is operational as a search-and-rescue (SAR) and airborne early warning (AEW) helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Gruppen.