Published date: 9 March 2021

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Awarded contract (published 14 September 2022, last edited 3 November 2023)

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Contract summary


  • Air-rescue services - 60443000

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract

£1,200,000,000 to £2,200,000,000

Procurement reference


Published date

9 March 2021

Closing date

8 April 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

30 September 2022

Contract end date

31 December 2036

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive procedure with negotiation (above threshold)

Anyone may ask to participate, but only those who are pre-selected will be invited to submit initial tenders and to negotiate.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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The UK Second-Generation Search and Rescue (UKSAR2G) programme will procure a successor service to both the UK Search and Rescue - Helicopters (UKSARH) and Aerial Surveillance and Verification (ASV) contracts when they expire between 2024 and 2026.

These contracts provide Her Majesty's Coastguard with helicopter assets and operations to comply with international Search and Rescue (SAR) obligations, rescuing people in distress around the UK coast, and fixed-wing assets and operations to monitor polluting, illegal or anti-competitive activity. MCA has developed proposals for a successor service which:

1. moves away from the existing 'one-size-fits-all' approach, with market-led asset data;

2. recognises the collaborative nature of SAR and how it is utilised by other government agencies;

3. encourages maximum competition to drive value and innovation, for example use of unmanned (drone) assets during the lifetime of the contract; and

4. continues to provide a service that rescues thousands of people every year.

More information


About the buyer

Contact name

Neil Grant


Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road
SO15 1EG