China MOT signs deal for four S76D helicopters
March 6, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - China’s Ministry of Transport’s (MOT) Rescue and Salvage Bureau has signed a contract for the supply of four Sikorsky S-76D search and rescue helicopters, with an option for another four next year, to further enhance MOT’s maritime search and rescue capabilities, Sikorsky Aircraft announced today from the Heli-Expo industry show.
By Carey Fredericks
The S-76D helicopter is the newest product from Sikorsky Aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Type Certification of the S-76D model in October 2012, and the helicopter continues its envelope expansion as the first models move through final modifications for customer deliveries in early 2013.
China’s MOT first introduced Sikorsky S-76 search and rescue helicopters in 2000, and this is the fourth contract it has awarded Sikorsky for the S-76 series of helicopters. When these four aircraft are delivered, MOT will operate a fleet of 12 S-76 search and rescue helicopters of various versions, which have formed the backbone of China’s aerial search and rescue capabilities for maritime operations.
“The continuous selection by MOT of Sikorsky’s S-76 SAR helicopters among various bidding models clearly illustrates the Chinese government’s firm trust and confidence in Sikorsky helicopters,” said Robert Kokorda, Sikorsky’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The fact that MOT chose to be one of the launch customers of the S-76D helicopter demonstrates its satisfaction with Sikorsky’s products and service. We are committed to our customers and will continue to support China’s maritime search and rescue capabilities by delivering the best new performer for the mission, the S-76D.”