Airbus Helicopters, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, and Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the Norwegian fleet of NH90 helicopters.

According to the long-term strategic collaboration agreement, the firms will partner to provide maintenance support and services for the helicopter.

The partnership will boost local maintenance capabilities and the availability of the NH90.

Airbus Helicopters Industrial Cooperation regional director Damien Lamy said: “This agreement is the beginning of an ambitious partnership with Kongsberg, which will strengthen Norway’s autonomy and sovereign support capability in this specialised field.”

The collaboration will initially focus on preparing and equipping Kongsberg’s facilities to deliver tail gearboxes’ deep maintenance for the Norwegian NH90 fleet.

In addition, Airbus will work on creating business opportunities for the Nordics. Norway, Sweden and Finland currently operate a combined total of 52 NH90 units.

With this agreement, Kongsberg will be positioned to serve as the support contract’s prime contractor.

It will be the first company outside Airbus that is qualified to undertake this work.

Furthermore, the partners will explore more cooperation opportunities.

Kongsberg Aerostructures & MRO EVP Terje Bråthen said: “Kongsberg has a proven capability in production, manufacturing, repair and overhaul activity for the aerospace industry.

“Kongsberg is also a strategic partner to the Norwegian Armed Forces for sustainment and logistics. We are looking forward to our enhanced cooperation with Airbus with the overall goal of increased operational capability for NH90 users.”