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UK MoD awards AAR Falkland Islands SAR contract

21st January 2015 - 10:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded a contract for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands to AAR’s Airlift division, the company announced on 19 January.

The contract is valued at approximately $275 million and will begin in April 2016.

AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), will provide a combined SAR and support helicopter service to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands operations.

The programme will include the use of AgustaWestland AW189 SAR helicopters, Sikorsky S-61 support helicopters, flight operations, maintenance, logistics and facilities support at the Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime region.

The mission includes all-weather SAR, helicopter emergency medical services, rescue hoist operations, passenger and cargo transfers, and night vision imaging systems. Readiness states vary from 15 minutes to 60 minutes response and require a 24/7/365 alert posture.

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