The S-92s will meet the requirement for a helicopter with a 200-250-nm radius of action and the ability to carry eight survivors. They will be based at Stornoway and Sumburgh, and at new SAR bases at Newquay, Caernarfon and Humberside airports.
The AW189s will meet the requirement for a smaller helicopter with a 170-nm radius and the ability to carry four survivors. They will be based at Lee on Solent and Prestwick, with new bases to be established at St. Athan, Inverness and Manston airports.
The AW189s will be assembled at AgustaWestland’s factory in Yeovil, says Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, and Sikorsky will locate a supply hub in Aberdeen to support not only the U.K. SAR program but also helicopters in the offshore oil sector.