Sikorsky on March 1 unveiled the first of four dedicated search-and-rescue versions of the S-92, which it developed in conjunction with CHC Helicopter.
That Canadian operator last year won a five-year SAR contract from the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency, unseating Bristow after more than 20 years on that contract. The four SAR S-92s CHC has ordered will be used on that contract starting in July. (Sikorsky is to deliver the first to CHC this month.) CHC also plans to use AgustaWestland AW139s on the contract. The CHC S-92s SAR gear includes an automatic flight control system with auto-hover capability, forward-looking infrared sensor, dual rescue hoist, full sliding-door with bubble window, cargo hook, searchlight, and a "loud hailer" PA system. The cabin can carry 10 – 19 passengers, depending on the mission, and is designed to offer flexibility for installing a triple medical litter kit, folding utility seats, and ample storage. It is designed to extend its range with two internal auxiliary fuel tanks of 210 gal each.