Search and Rescue sell off

The Government has confirmed Britain's Search and Rescue service is to be taken over by an American firm. Half of the new fleet of 22 helicopters will be built at AgustaWestland in Yeovil.

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Yeovil's MP congratulates AgustaWestland

David Laws, MP for Yeovil, has today congratulated AgustaWestland on securing an important role in the delivery of a new contract which will secure jobs for the company, including at its Yeovil base.

The contract, details of which were confirmed today by the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, will see the company provide helicopters, equipment and technical support as part of a 10 year Search & Rescue delivery agreement.

The new agreement confirms that AgustaWestland will deliver 11 of its new generation AW189 helicopters as part of future Search and Rescue operations.

The AW189 model uses the most advanced technology and will replace Westland’s own Sea King model in existing Search and Rescue services.

This is another important order for AgustaWestland, and is the latest in a series of impressive successes for the company in providing cutting-edge aerospace technology.

Delivering Search and Rescue capability is a vitally important public service, and it is a testament to the high quality of AgustaWestland’s work that the company has been picked to deliver these services.

I would like to congratulate all the staff at AgustaWestland for their work in securing this important service.

– David Laws MP, Lib Dem, Yeovil

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