Erickson Inc. is building two new Aircranes for the Korea Forest Service’s Forest Aviation Headquarters. This puts the company’s manufacturing levels at a “record high,” according to Erickson.
“This was a global competition, and we were competing with manufacturers from around the world,” said Douglas Kitani, CEO and director of Erickson. “We are pleased to bring the work and jobs to our Southern Oregon facility and apply Erickson’s unique skillset to augment Korea’s firefighting capabilities.”
The company said the aircraft are in addition to a previously ordered S-64E, which is currently under construction and due to be delivered in the third quarter of this year.
Erickson said these two new units would be equipped with firefighting tanks, sea snorkels, foam cannons, glass cockpit, composite main rotor blades and night-vision goggle capability.
Korea Forest Services was the first foreign government to purchase S-64s from Erickson, the company said, doing so in 2001. To date, Korea Forest Services has operated five Aircranes and maintains contact for parts and service support.
Including the two addition aircraft, Korea Forest Services has ordered eight Aircranes. The last is slated for delivery by the end of 2019.