South Korea Coast Guard receives second S-92 helicopter from Sikorsky
The South Korea Coast Guard has received a second S-92 helicopter from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, which is expected to strengthen its search and rescue (SAR) capabilities.
The new helicopter will join an existing S-92 helicopter that has been in service with the coast guard since March 2014.
To date, the helicopter has recorded more than 850 flight hours in flying SAR and emergency medical transport missions.
South Korea Coast Guard senior superintendent and Factory Acceptance Test Inspection team lead Kim Youngmo said: "The safety and performance of our current S-92 aircraft has truly provided reliability when it comes to the time-sensitive mission of saving lives.
"We look forward to putting this new aircraft into operations to continue performing our mission."
South Korean aircrews will conduct training in-country using the latest aircraft, which is expected to enter service by year-end.
Since 2004, Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters to operators serving the worldwide offshore oil and gas industry and for civil search and rescue operations.
Currently, 11 nations use the S-92 helicopter in their head of state missions.
In May 2014, Sikorsky was selected to build the next US Presidential helicopter fleet, using the S-92 platform.
The all-weather aircraft has enough space to accommodate 19 passengers and complies with the latest US Federal Aviation Administration and European airworthiness safety standards.
Image: South Korea Coast Guard has operated a single S-92 helicopter since March 2014 and accepted its second S-92 aircraft, pictured above, for search and rescue. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.