The Australian Department of Defense has awarded Australian company One Atmosphere a $4 million contract to develop an aircraft buoyancy system. One Atmosphere will work in collaboration with Airbus Group Australia Pacific to deliver a flotation system designated Pegasus.
Pegasus, will be fitted on rotary wing aircraft operating in a maritime environment. Pegasus is designed so that a water lading will operate the floatation device preventing it from sinking. The overriding objective is saving passenger and crewmember lives.
Australia’s Minister of Defence Marise Payne said: “The Pegasus technology will be initially focused on the Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter to support their use from HMAS Canberra and HMAS Adelaide.