Support: August 25, 2002


Ireland has cancelled its controversial purchase of S92 search-and-rescue helicopters due to budget problems; the purchase had been challenged in court by the losing bidder (Eurocopter's Cougar). Instead, the military will lease one S61 for search-and rescue. The Irish military only provides search and rescue for the northwest part of the country, leaving the coverage of other coasts to a private company.--Stephen V Cole




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