Two months after winning the UK's SAR-H search and rescue helicopter contest, Team Soteria has released the first picture showing the planned colour scheme for the future system's Sikorsky S-92s.

Comprised of CHC, Thales UK and equity partner RBS, Soteria expects to use a fleet of roughly 24 S-92s to deliver the SAR-H service from 12 sites around the UK, and on the Falkland Islands. The aircraft will replace assets currently used by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy.

The selected orange and black livery is intended to maximise visibility and also denote the S-92's use as an emergency service asset, Soteria says.

 SAR-H S-92 - Soteria
© Team Soteria

Soteria was selected in early February, and expects to sign a contract for the SAR-H deal later this year. The private finance initiative scheme is expected to be worth around £6 billion ($9.1 billion) over its planned 25-year life.

CHC has provided a fleet of four S-92s in Scotland since mid-2007 under an interim deal with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Source: Flight International