Super Puma operator wins Navy contract

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One of the largest civilian operators of Airbus H225 Super Puma helicopters has landed a vertical resupply contract with the US Navy that could be worth nearly $59 million. Air Center Helicopters of Burleson, Texas, has been awarded a $11,679,419 firm-price Type C contract that will provide on-board commercial helicopters and vertical replenishment services to Navy ships, partner nation ships and facilities. and theater operations worldwide.

The Operator will be required to carry out missions at all times, day or night, and be capable of performing all missions in a state of war, war operations, civil unrest, piracy, natural disaster or other hostilities. The contract option years run until 2026 and, if exercised, could bring his total value to $58,757,878.

In addition to vertical shipboard replenishments for the Navy, Air Center currently operates 27 Super Pumas flight missions that include ocean capsule/astronaut retrievals for Boeing, NASA, and SpaceX; special missions in Africa that can travel up to 600 nm without refueling; and aerial firefighting. For firefighting, Air Center can outfit its H225s with forward-facing infrared cameras, night-vision goggles, and a Helitak FT4250 with a 1,000-gallon external tank that fills from a snorkel. in 48 seconds.

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