Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Steve Fermier and Associated Press
The Board of Public Works is scheduled to consider approving a $72 million contract to buy six Medevac helicopters to begin replacing an aging fleet.
The board is set to take up the contract with Agusta Aerospace Corp. at Wednesday’s meeting.
The contract includes an option to buy up to six addtional helicopters between July 2011 and July 2013.
Maryland currently uses 11 helicopters purchased between 1989 and 1999.
One helicopter crashed in September 2008, killing four people and prompting extra scrutiny of the system, which was the subject of a critical audit by state analysts a month before the accident.