Agustawestland today has delivered three AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and has signed an order for two additional aircraft with Italian Coast Guard.
“The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also includes a comprehensive support and training package and options for four additional helicopters,” the company said in a statement today.
The AW139 was selected by the customer following a European Tender launched in August 2014.
The main contract was awarded at the end of 2014 with the AW139 proving to be the best solution to meet the Italian Coast Guard’s stringent requirements. Delivery of the first batch of Italian Coast Guard’s AW139s started in 2010 and since entering service they have been performing operations along the Italian coast line and in its maritime economic exclusive zone.
The Italian Coast Guard’s AW139s feature SAR equipment including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook, wire strike protection system, search/weather radar, marine band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, high definition mission console, Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), full Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts. The AW139 design incorporates a large spacious cabin for the crew, equipment and survivors accessed by two large sliding doors.
The cockpit features fully integrated avionics, a 4-axis digital Automatic Flight Control System with dedicated SAR modes and flat panel color.
This latest contract signed by the Italian Coast Guard brings the total number of AW139s chosen by all of these Italian government operators to 37, covering public utility roles including law enforcement and homeland security, patrol, special operations, search and rescue, command and control, government/VVIP transport, disaster relief and training.