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Sikorsky S-92 helicopters achieve major milestone

The multi-mission aircraft have surpassed two million flight hours just 18 years into service.

The multi-mission aircraft have surpassed two million flight hours just 18 years into service.

Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky’s S-92 helicopters — used in search and rescue, oil and gas transportation and VIP transportation — have surpassed two million flight hours across deployments in 28 countries.

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The S-92’s use has increased over the past decade, with the platform achieving one million flight hours in just six years, compared to the first million — achieved 12 years after the platform entered service.

“The two million flight hours milestone is a testament to the reliability, availability, and cost-effectiveness of the S-92 helicopter in some of the world’s most demanding conditions and no-fail missions,” Leon Silva, Sikorsky’s interim vice president of global, commercial and military systems, said.

“Sikorsky is committed to supporting these critical missions with continued innovation to ensure operators can respond safely and with confidence, in any scenario.”

Since entering service, approximately 300 S-92s have been delivered around the world, with a reported availability rate of 93 per cent.

Approximately 86 per cent of the helicopters have been operated in the offshore oil and gas industry for personnel transport.

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S-92s have also covered more than 91,000 search and rescue missions, as well as commercial airline transport, executive transport, and other priority missions including coastal and border patrol, emergency response, and disaster relief.

Additionally, 13 nations deploy the helicopters for head of state missions, with the platform also serving as the baseline for the VH-92A helicopters to be used for the new US presidential helicopter fleet.

“We’re grateful to our customers, our more than 150 suppliers worldwide, and our employees who support our award-winning S-92 program,” Silva added.

“They have all contributed to this major milestone and we look forward to continued success.”

[Related: Sikorsky, Boeing bolster Team DEFIANT ]

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