The UK Ministry of Defence and the Department for Transport have launched a "thorough review" of the February selection of Team Soteria as preferred bidder to deliver their combined SAR-H search and rescue helicopter service.

Planned as a 25-year private finance initiative deal, SAR-H was expected to deliver operations with a new fleet of around 24 Sikorsky S-92s from 2012. The deal was worth a projected £6 billion ($8.9 billion).

Soteria, which is comprised of CHC and Thales UK, backed by RBS, says it "continues to work with the customer towards contract award".

Source: Flight International