Three Firms Shortlisted For Search And Rescue Contract

Rescue helicopter from RAF Culdrose

Three companies are in competition to win the search and rescue helicopter contracts around the UK including Culdrose.


They’ll have to offer a minimum rescue capacity of eight casualties including two stretcher spaces on each aircraft and they’ll have to cover a minimum radius 200 nautical miles from the Cornish base and other sites around the country.

The successful bidders will take over duties currently undertaken by Royal Navy and RAF duties and some Coastguard work.

They’ll use a new generation of modern helicopters replacing the Sea Kings, which are currently being flown.

Bond Offshore Helicopters, Bristow Helicopters and CHC Helicopters are being considered by the Department for Transport for the contract, worth £2-3 billion, and the winner which will be announced next year.

The Osprey Consortium which included Penzance to Scilly passenger operator British International Helicopters, dropped out of the competition in May.