Falkland Islands’ SAR and Support contract announced

AAR together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and ARS awarded Falkland SAR and Support contract.

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 (BFSAI) operations. The program will include AgustaWestland AW-189 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 10-year contract is valued at approximately £180 million (approximately $275 million).

“We are delighted to be working with AAR, a first class aviation services company with a commitment to excellence, best practice, and delivery that closely matches our own,” said Sir Peter Rigby, Chairman & Founder of BIH owners Rigby Group PLC. “Backed by BIH’s twenty years’ experience assisting UKMOD operations in the Falklands, I’m extremely confident in our combined ability to provide all the vital military helicopter services for the Islands.”

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