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Search & Rescue
Main location(s):
Gothenburg (SAR)
Norrtälje (SAR)
Ronneby (SAR)
Umeå (SAR)
Visby (SAR)
Helicopter type(s):
Sikorsky S-76A
Sikorsky S-76C
Sikorsky S-76C+
Sikorsky S-76C++
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SMA Helicopter Rescue (retired)
SMA Helicopter Rescue was a state-owned helicopter operator that was fully dedicated to nation-wide airborne search and rescue services. It operated a large fleet of Sikorsky S-76 helicopters from five different SAR stations throughout the country – Skellefteå (later Umeå), Stockholm, Visby, Gothenburg and Ronneby.

The company was established following the Swedish Maritime Administration's purchase of Norrlandsflyg in November 2011. It was a subsidiary to Sjöfartsverket Holding, which was administered by the Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket).

SMA Helicopter Rescue was formally incorporated in the Swedish Maritime Administration on 22 January 2014.

HistorySMA Helicopter Rescue derived from the old helicopter operator Norrlandsflyg, which was originally established back in 1961. Norrlandsflyg operated the Swedish search and rescue helicopters on behalf of the Maritime Administration between 2002-2011. As the company was acquired by the Maritime Administration it came to be transfered to a subsidiary helicopter division by the name SMA Helicopter.

In the spring of 2012 the Skellefteå based rescue helicopter (SE-JOJ) was moved to a new SAR station at Umeå Airport.

On October 16 2012 the agency announced that it had signed an agreement with AgustaWestland SpA for the acquisition of seven new AW139 helicopters in order to replace the current fleet of S-76C+/++. The first delivery was expected in May 2013.

On 10 September 2013 SMA's first AW139 arrived in Sweden. It was stationed at Skavsta Airport for the initial development and fielding process.

SMA Helicopter Rescue was formally incorporated in the Swedish Maritime Administration on 22 January 2014. The structural change meant that the most helicopters and the 100-person staff got directly involved in the Maritime Administration instead of the daughter company. The biggest operational change was the change from a civil air operator to a state organisation. As a result of the change, all Swedish SAR helicopters came to be operated as "State Flights”, just like the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing, the Swedish Police Wing and the Coast Guard.
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Last update: 11 May, 2014
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