Bristow’s contract to provide SAR coverage across the UK has been extended through 2026. The company will continue to support HM Coastguard, the emergency response service of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), with a fleet of eleven AW189s and ten S-92As.
Bristow first awarded the contract in 2013, and operates from ten sites around the UK on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard to respond to all SAR incidents for the whole of the UK.
“Our specialist teams have worked tirelessly, diligently and with unquestionable pride to ensure the transition from a military and coastguard operation to a fully commercialized SAR helicopter service,” said Alan Corbett, CEO of Bristow Helicopters Ltd. and senior v-p for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and search and rescue. “The extension of the current contract allows us to cost-effectively introduce new capabilities into the existing helicopter fleet and to explore technologies that may be of benefit in future contracts.”