Eurocopter and Heli-One are teaming to bolster a bid for Norway’s next-generation fleet of search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopters.

Norway has said it needs new SAR helicopters, and Eurocopter is putting forward its EC225, optimized for these missions in Nordic environments and capable of flying in mountainous and coastal regions.

Heli-One has a foothold in Norway, supporting 120 Eurocopter aircraft that are operating there. Winning the Norwegian SAR contract “will lead to significant investments in the future development of Heli-One’s facility in Sola, securing highly qualified labor and contributing to keeping the Stavanger region at the cutting edge of helicopter support,” says Lars Landsnes, managing director of Heli-One Norway.