Nova Systems has been awarded a contract by Bristow Ireland Limited as the mission system integrator for Bristow’s six AW189s supporting the SAR on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. Nova Systems will use their EASA approved Part 21 Design Organization in Shannon to act as the mission system integrator for the six AW189s, providing a bespoke solution to meet the demanding SAR mission requirements. 

Gareth Dyer, Managing Director International for Nova Systems, said the Irish SAR contract will ensure accelerated capability, improvements and longevity of vital lifesaving search and rescue aviation services. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bristow Group to deliver a world-class mission system that supports the critical life-saving work of the Irish SAR operators,” Mr Dyer said.  

Bristow Ireland Limited was selected by the Irish Department of Transport to deliver search and rescue aviation services, including both helicopters and fixed wing, on behalf of the Irish Coast Guard. Bristow will begin transitioning to the new contract in the fourth quarter of 2024.