Kongsberg Defence Systems (KDS) has signed a framework agreement with the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) on maintenance of gearboxes for the Norwegian Sea King helicopters on August 22, the company said in a statement.
The agreement covers the period until the year 2020 as a basis, with a three-year extension option. The framework agreement has a potential value of up to NOK 300 million (approximately $38million).
“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,” says Terje Bråthen, Executive Vice President Aerostructures, Kongsberg Defence Systems.
The Sea King helicopters in the Norwegian service are to be replaced by AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin under the Norwegian All-Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter (NAWSARH) programme.
The candidates for the NAWSARH contract of 10–12 helicopters was the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, NHIndustries NH-90, Eurocopter EC225 and Sikorsky S-92.