The expansion of Korea Coast Guard’s Sikorsky S-92 helicopter fleet increases its capability to conduct maritime security, safety and life-saving missions for the people of Korea.
“Our valued partnership with Sikorsky spans for nearly a decade,” said Mr. Han Sangchul, Senior Superintendent and Final Acceptance Test Inspection Team Lead for the Korea Coast Guard. “We look forward to continued success as we grow our fleet of highly-capable search and rescue (SAR) S-92 aircraft.”
The Korea Coast Guard has completed 195 rescues and has flown more than 2,700 flight hours since 2014. The global fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters recently achieved 2 million flight hours in a variety of missions including search and rescue, oil and gas transportation and VIP transportation in 28 countries.
“The S-92 gives the Korea Coast Guard a strategic advantage when it comes to saving lives,” said Leon Silva, vice president of Sikorsky Global Commercial and Military Systems. “Every second counts, which is why the agile, all-weather S-92 is mission ready, all the time.”
Sikorsky proudly continues to support the Korea Coast Guard’s fleet and is on track to deliver its fourth S-92 aircraft next year.
Sikorsky has delivered 300 S-92 helicopters with about 86 percent operated in the offshore oil and gas industry for personnel transport. Every major oil company relies on S-92s in their fleets thanks to the aircraft’s unsurpassed capabilities and capacity that minimize per seat-mile costs while reducing needed trips and risk.
Fleet aircraft are also in service for civil search and rescue and have completed more than 91,000 SAR missions, as well as, commercial airline transport, executive transport, and other priority missions including coastal and border patrol, emergency response, and disaster relief. The S-92 is used by 13 nations for head of state missions, and the aircraft is the baseline for the VH-92A® helicopter to be used for the new U.S. presidential helicopter fleet.