The Mission Critical Services (MCS) business (formerly Avincis) is a leading provider of helicopter and fixed-wing emergency services and crew change services for oil and gas operators in Europe and Australia.

In South Africa Babcock is a leading supplier of engineering support services to the energy, mining and construction industries.

Principal activities

Europe and Australia - Emergency medical services (air ambulances), search and rescue (SAR), firefighting, civil protection to national and regional governments, surveillance, oil and gas (crew change, SAR), maintenance, repair and overhaul and design and completion.

Africa - Sole distributor of Volvo and DAF equipment for infrastructure, mining and transport-truck sectors. Construction, erection and maintenance of high voltage electrical infrastructure. Engineering support for power stations and steam generation plants. Crane hire to the infrastructure and construction industries.

Middle East - Support to Royal Omani Air Force

Other activities - Business development activities for Group-wide opportunities and for other Babcock services in the region.

Key customers include

Spanish government, Portuguese government, Salvamento Maritime, Xunta de Galicia, Protezione Civille, Ambulance Victoria, NHS and Police Scotland, East Anglian and Great Western Air Ambulances, FinnHEMS, Repsol, Maersk, BP, EnQuest, Eni, HeliDax, Volvo, DAF, Eskom and the Royal Omani Air Force.

Key Facts

Chief Executive Bill Tame
Employees 5,255
Full year results 2016
Revenue £790m
Operating profit £108m
Return on revenue 13.6%