Sikorsky Successfully Completes S-92 Helicopter Deliveries to Bristow
- For Use by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has fulfilled its contract to deliver seven S-92® helicopters to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for UK Search and Rescue. There are now 11 S-92 helicopters available for use by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK SAR mission; four began operations as part of the UK Gap SAR contract in June 2013. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS). Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
S-92® helicopters are certified to meet the stringent safety requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These 11 S-92 helicopters will operate from bases strategically located near areas of high SAR incident rates in the U.K.
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The S-92 aircraft are outfitted with state-of-the-art technology including:
- High Definition Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) and thermal image camera technology
- Night vision goggle (NVG) technology including glass cockpit
- Equipped with icing protection system
- Air Speed of 145 knots/166 mph
- Endurance to perform for over four hours without refueling
- Twin hoist
- Comprehensive medical suite
Samantha Willenbacher, Director of UK search and rescue at Bristow Helicopters Ltd. said, "Delivery of the seventh UK SAR S-92 helicopter marks a significant milestone in our program. The S-92 is well proven in both maritime and mountainous environments, and the aircraft's advanced capabilities are being used on a daily basis from our UK SAR bases. Since April 1, 2015, more than 100 people have been rescued or assisted in the UK by S-92s in the Bristow Helicopters SAR fleet, operated on behalf of HM Coastguard."
Source : Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation - view original press release