Engineering support services company Babcock Australasia has extended its rotary wing contract with the South Australian government until October 2022.
The deal means the business will continue to deliver emergency medical, search and rescue, and law enforcement services to the state’s Helicopter Rescue Service.
As part of the new deal, a new Bell 412 will operate from Adelaide Airport, replacing an EC130.
Managing director Darren Moncrieff said, “Based at Adelaide Airport, Babcock operate the aircraft for the South Australian Police (SAPOL) and the South Australian Ambulance Service (SAAS).
“We have worked together with these government agencies since 2005, maintaining and operating the helicopter fleet to support safe flying missions, along with safety in the community.
“Delivering 1,500 hours and 1,200 missions annually, Babcock’s operations are 24/7, 365 days a year.”
Babcock is an international provider of engineering services to the defence, emergency services and oil and gas sectors. Its Australiasia division employs more than 1,100 people.
In April 2017, Australian Aviation reported how then SA premier Jay Weatherill opened Babcock’s new Australasian headquarters in Adelaide.
The new facility was supported by a $2.5 million incentive package from the state government, which meant that Babcock’s aviation businesses would all be based in Adelaide.