Categories: a-port-information, BusinessPublished On: 25.08.2020520 words2.7 min read
Corporate report

Second generation UK search and rescue aviation programme (UKSAR2G)

The UKSAR2G programme will build on the current UK SAR service to provide a market-led tailored approach to search and rescue in a more cost-efficient and innovative way


UKSAR2G Industry day presentation

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UKSAR2G Industry Q&A

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The MCA, through HM Coastguard, provides a national 24-hour maritime and coastal search and rescue (SAR) emergency response service throughout the UK.

HM Coastguard provides support to all blue light emergency services, as well as other government departments and agencies, through the deployment of its search and rescue helicopters and planes.

Since 2013, the UKSAR helicopter service has been delivered by Bristow helicopters ltd. From ten strategically located bases around the UK, rescuing over 4,500 people since the service started in 2015. This contract is due to finish in 2024.

UKSAR2G is the second-generation programme that will take account of how the current UKSAR helicopter service has evolved and will seek to understand other emergency services’ requirements and needs to shape a highly collaborative and innovative solution. UKSAR2G will work from first principles to develop a more tailored and modern means of delivering vital search and rescue capabilities in a more cost-efficient and innovative way.

UKSAR2G Data Modelling Simulation Tool Update

The simulation tool for bidders is accessible by individuals and requires:

  • The individual to hold a minimum UK security clearance of Baseline Personnel Security Screening (BPSS)
  • DUO Mobile installed on a mobile device for Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
  • Security Operating Procedures (SyOPs) agreed to prior to access given
  • A UK IP Address to access the tool

Bidders are advised to ensure that they have BPSS in place, and DUO Mobile installed. The Security Operating Procedures (SyOPs) will be provided at the point the individual applies for access to the simulation tool.

Bidders who are unable to use a UK IP Address are advised to contact [email protected]

The application process is due to open Mon 07 Sept 2020 with accounts being available not before Mon 21 Sept 2020.

Procurement timetable

Procurement activity Dates
Market engagement (details about how to register for engagement will be published on the portal) March 2020 to October 2020*
Publication of the OJEU notice January – March 2021*
Procurement cycle (precise procurement procedure to be confirmed) January 2021 to December 2022*
Contract award December 2022*
Service commencement 30th September 2024*

*These dates are currently indicative and are subject to changes

Procurement portal

A procurement portal is being developed, where interested parties can register and gain access to documents relating to the procurement.

Further information

Post implementation review

UKSAR Helicopter statistics

Strategic Overview of SAR in the UK

HM Coastguard search and rescue

MCA news and communications

If you have any questions and queries, please contact [email protected]