6 Sikorsky S-76D helicopters to be leased by Pawan Hans

Pawan Hans Ltd has signed agreements to lease six Sikorsky S-76D helicopters from The Milestone Aviation Group.

The aircraft will support Pawan Hans’ onshore and offshore helicopter operations in India and the company is contracted to operate two S-76D helicopters for ONGC.

Lockheed Martin — America’s and the world’s largest aerospace and defence firm — is giving stiff competition in the Indian helicopter market to its rival, Boeing. Boeing scored early with the multi-billion-dollar sale to the Indian Air Force of Chinook heavy-lift choppers and Apache attack helicopters.

6 Sikorsky S-76D helicopters to be leased by Pawan Hans

However, Lockheed Martin’s subsidiary, Sikorsky, is catching up fast with the USD 2.12-billion sale to the Indian Navy last year of 24 Seahawk multi-role maritime helicopters.

“In addition to the six helicopters, of which five have already been delivered, Milestone and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company are also providing Pawan Hans with comprehensive value and sustainment packages to support the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet,” a release said on Thursday, March 24.

The announcement about the leasing of helicopters was made during the Wings India event in Hyderabad. Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1977.

Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76 helicopters to customers globally since 1977

Sanjeev Razdan, Chairman and Managing Director of Pawan Hans, said that in the medium twin category, the S-76D is the ideal aircraft to support our offshore operations in South Asia.

The highly regarded Sikorsky S-76 helicopter has operated since 1977 in diverse environmental conditions in more than 40 countries on six continents. Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76 helicopters to customers globally, contributing daily to a growing total of more than 7.5 million flight hours.

The S-76D helicopter is an improved version of the S-76, incorporating more modern technologies in order to provide a substantial increase in performance, power and value.

The S-76D helicopter is an improved version of the S-76

Since 1985, Pawan Hans has been India’s market leader in helicopter operations. Its fleet of 42 helicopters provides services to sectors such as oil and gas exploration, pipeline survey and aerial work, police and utility tasks, and services to VIPs and state governments.

Pawan Hans also provides passenger connectivity to remote, hilly, and inaccessible areas along India’s northern and north-eastern borders. In addition, it has provided inter-island connectivity in the Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Islands.

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