Seven years after it set out to transfer the U.K.’s search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter service from the Royal Air Force to a commercial contractor, the government has awarded Bristow Group a £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion) contract to operate 22 helicopters from 10 bases across the country. U.K. subsidiary Bristow Helicopters will operate a mix of AgustaWestland AW139s and Sikorsky S-92s, replacing RAF Westland Sea Kings and AW139s and S-92s operated by Bristow and CHC Helicopter for the ...

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