DI to help fight wildfires in Australia

March 14, 2014 at 9:43 AM

MCLEAN, Va., March 14 (UPI) -- Touchdown Helicopters of Australia has subcontracted DynCorp International to provide aerial firefighting support to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

As a subcontractor to Touchdown Helicopters, DynCorp will provide aircraft, pilots and an aircraft maintenance team to support the firefighting program's UH-1H helicopters.

The sub-contract has a one year base period, with two one-year options for a total potential value of $3.2 million, DynCorp International said.

"We are pleased that our commercial and international strategy has taken root and is gaining traction," said Chris Bernhardt, president of DynCorp International. "This win shows how DynCorp International is taking a superior service that it currently offers the U.S. government -- in this case, providing aerial firefighting support for the state of California and the U.S. Forest Service -- and bringing that tradition of excellence to new commercial and international customers.

"We are proud to now call ourselves an international aerial firefighting company."

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