Following a tip-off from an industry contact, HeliHub.com can confirm that Serco have withdrawn from the UK Search and Rescue contract process known as SAR 2G. A representative from Serco has this morning validated the situation.
This leaves the following bidders, to whom tender documents will be delivered by the end of August 2021. We note that “EEA Helicopter Operations BV” are better known in the industry as CHC.
Lot 1: Rotary, shorter endurance with standard carriage capacity for short range rescue work
Lot 2: Rotary; High endurance with larger carriage capacity for long range/multiple casualty rescues
Lot 3: Fixed-wing, manned and potentially unmanned for rapid search, surveillance and pollution identification
Lot 4: A combined solution that contains all of the requirements for Lots 1, 2 and 3 but provided by one supplier/consortium, enabling the potential cost saving benefits of such an arrangement to be articulated in a single bid.