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Irish Coast Guard and CHC Perform More than 1,000 SAR Missions in 2015 with Sikorsky S-92® Helicopter Fleet

SINGAPORE, Feb. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore Airshow -- The Irish Coast Guard in partnership with CHC Helicopter completed more than 1,000 search and rescue (SAR) missions in 2015 with a fleet of five Sikorsky S-92® helicopters. The milestone, an increase of 12 percent on the previous year, tops the 2014 record of 914 missions, and is the first time since 1991 that the Irish Coast Guard achieved 1,000 missions in a single year. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT).

For the first time since it was set up in 1991, the Irish Coast Guard's helicopter service has completed 1,000 missions in a single year. [Photo credit: CHC Helicopter Services]

CHC is performing to a 10-year contract awarded in 2010 to provide S-92A SAR helicopters, crew and maintenance services on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard from bases in Dublin, Shannon, Sligo and Waterford.

"High aircraft availability is one of the main reasons behind the high number of missions. This year we achieved in excess of 96 percent 24/7 operational availability at 15 minutes' notice (0730 to 2130) and 45 minutes' notice thereafter at all of our four bases, which is an exceptional achievement," said Director of the Irish Coast Guard Chris Reynolds. "The Coast Guard operates one of the world's most sophisticated search and rescue services in the world. We are very proud of the service that is delivered by a very special team of men and women dedicated to saving life anywhere in Ireland and in all weathers."

CHC's S-92 SAR aircraft can cruise at 145 knots/166 mph, and can fly for over four hours without refueling. On-board state-of-the-art technology includes:

  • High Definition Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) and thermal image camera technology
  • Night vision goggle (NVG) technology including glass cockpit
  • Icing protection system
  • Twin hoist
  • Comprehensive medical suite

CHC and Sikorsky share a close relationship supporting SAR service in Ireland since 2005, initially with a fleet of six S-61N all-weather SAR helicopters. This contract replaced all military and civil supported coastguard missions for the first time and established a stand-alone SAR service from the same four bases from which the five S-92 aircraft now operate.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The fleet has accumulated more than 950,000 flight hours. S-92 aircraft perform a variety of missions, including transportation for the offshore oil and gas industry, search and rescue, and a variety of transportation missions for head of state, utility and airline passengers.

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About Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, based in Stratford, Connecticut, is a world leader in aircraft design, manufacture and service. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that–with the addition of Sikorsky–employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About CHC
CHC Helicopter is a leader in enabling customers to go further, do more and come home safely, including oil and gas companies, government search-and-rescue agencies and organizations requiring helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the Heli-One segment. The company operates about 230 aircraft in approximately 30 countries around the world.

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