Erickson builds two S-64Es for Korean operator
Erickson has won a bid to build two S-64E Aircranes for the Korea Forest Service.
The operator has ordered the aircraft to help boost its forest firefighting capabilities. They are expected to be delivered by the end of 2019. The contract was awarded for Erickson’s longstanding relation with the operator and its customer support.
Erickson is also building another S-64E for the operator, which is on track to be delivered in the third quarter of 2018.
Douglas Kitani (pictured), Erickson’s CEO and director, says the order will help stimulate employment at its Central Point manufacturing plant: “This was a global competition, and we were competing with manufacturers from around the world. We are pleased to bring the work and jobs to our Southern Oregon facility and apply Erickson’s unique skillset to augment Korea’s firefighting capabilities.”
The Forest Service subsidiary Forest Aviation Headquarters has ordered two additional S-64E models outfitted with firefighting tank, sea snorkels, foam cannons, glass cockpit, composite main rotor blades and night vision capability.
The operator was one of the first foreign government businesses to purchase the S-64 back in 2001. Since then, it has flown five Aircranes across the country and the recent orders will bring this figure to eight.
Erickson owns 20 S-64 Aircranes, the largest operational Aircrane fleet in the world.