Norway preselects SAR helicopters

March 13, 2012 at 12:43 PM

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France, March 13 (UPI) -- Norway has preselected the NH90 helicopter for its ongoing competition to replace Norse air force helicopters in use for search-and-rescue missions.

"We are proud and honored to have been pre-selected by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice for the NAWSARH (Norwegian All Weather Search and Rescue Helicopter)," said Michel Polychroniadis, head of NHIndustries.

"We strongly believe the NH90, embedding state-of-the-art technologies, is providing the operators the best solution to perform the future search-and-rescue missions in the most demanding conditions."

The NH90 is a twin-engine, multi-role aircraft. It has a maximum speed of 186 miles per hour and a range of 487miles. It has a full-composite, corrosion-free airframe, redundant flyby-wire controls and state-of-the-art sensors and communications systems.

NHIndustries said the aircraft's rotor blades and air intakes are protected for operation in icing conditions.

NHIndustries is a consortium of AgustaWestland, Eurocopter and Fokker.

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