The Hong Kong government has signed a contract to buy eight helicopters from American manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft, a company announcement said.
The $54-million contract calls for five general purpose helicopters and three search and rescue variants and provides for options at a fixed price for an additional four general purpose helicopters, Sikorsky said.
The S-76 helicopters are to be used by the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force.
"These aircraft will be the most advanced civil search and rescue helicopters available," Sikorsky President Eugene Buckley said.
Scheduled delivery for the initial three general purpose S-76 helicopters is for June, 1990, and three search and rescue aircraft for October, 1990.