Nova Systems Norway has secured a contract from the Norwegian Armed Forces to support the NH90 maritime helicopter programme.

The company won the two-year €15m framework contract through an open and competitive tender.

The latest contract signifies a significant expansion and will double the size of Nova Norway’s Norwegian operations.

Nova Systems developed the medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role military helicopter NH90 in response to the Nato requirements for a multiple capability helicopter.

The helicopter is a Norwegian Naval Frigate Helicopter (NFH) variant of the NH90.

Supporting the strategic requirement to patrol, it will also protect Norwegian territorial waters from existing and future threats.

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The NH90 contributes to the increased anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to Nato forces and operations.

For several years, Norway operated the NH90 from coastguard ships in a search and rescue (SAR) and surveillance role.

Nova will initially provide a team of ten to 12 operators, engineers and software specialists fully embedded with RNoAF and Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) personnel at the new squadron building, which is based at Haakonsvern Naval Base near Bergen.

The building accommodates both 334 Squadron and the NH90 OT & E Squadron.

Developed to meet the needs of military operators worldwide, the NH90 programme is managed by the joint venture NHIndustries, a company owned by Leonardo Helicopters, Airbus Helicopters and GKN Fokker.

In August 2018, the Royal Norwegian Navy conducted tests of NH90 helicopter landings on ships in order to assess ship‑helicopter operational limitations.