The UK government’s second generation search and rescue aviation program called UKSAR2G has now reached a crux. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced on June 10 the shortlisted companies who will be invited to bid for the supply of the next decade of aviation coastguard.
The UKSAR2G program will provide services that will deliver the next generation of Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters, airplanes and unmanned drones. New technology will make it possible for the Coast Guard to find people who need help even faster.
The data has been used extensively to enable aircraft operators and manufacturers to come up with innovative solutions that meet the complex demands of all emergency services and other government departments that benefit from long-term Coast Guard aviation. The program will build on the success of current contracts that provide search and rescue helicopters and reconnaissance aircraft.
Like the arrangements it replaces, UKSAR2G will be a whole-of-government aviation service that will support not only Her Majesty’s Coast Guard but also UK Police in the search for lost and missing persons as well as health services in the transfer. seriously ill people enter the NHS. hospitals. It will also continue to support the work of colleagues from other law enforcement agencies in an even more collaborative way than today. The extent of this collaboration is rarely seen in UK public procurement.
The UKSAR2G tender was launched to shortlisted bidders on June 10 and they are invited to provide their responses by the end of August 2021. After negotiation, the MCA expects to award the contract in mid-2022. This will allow time for the successful bidder (s) to establish operations before starting service from 2024 for at least 10 years.
Since 2013, the UK search and rescue helicopter service has been provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, with aircraft supplied by 2Excel. All existing aviation services currently under contract with the MCA will be replaced once the new contract begins.
The transition out of the current contracts will begin on September 30, 2024 and will continue until December 31, 2026, to ensure a smooth transition of air services.