The Italian Coast Guard has ordered two additional AW139 aircraft from Leonardo-Finmeccanica.
This latest contract will increase the customer's fleet of AW139s to twelve. 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 options for a further two helicopters, the company said in a statement Thursday.
The AW139 was selected by the customer following a European Tender launched in August 2014 for a second batch acquisition. The main contract was awarded in 2010 with the AW139 proving to be the best solution to meet the Italian Coast Guard's stringent requirements. Delivery of the first batch of AW139s to the Italian Coast Guard started in 2010 and since entering service they have proved extremely successful, performing operations around the Italian coast line and in its maritime economic exclusive zone.
The Italian Coast Guard's AW139s feature a wide range of mission 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, mission console with high definitions displays, 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 cabin doors.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has conducted trials of its AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in Pakistan. The trials showed hot and high altitude performance and mission capabilities the trials
Leonardo-Finmeccanicas Falco EVO unmanned air system (UAS) has been selected by two customers in the Middle East and Gulf region. A surveillance and intelligence-gathering platform, the Falco EVO can fly for up to 20 hours, carrying a payload of up to 100 kg
Leonardo-Finmeccanica will provide the latest Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) technology for Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF). The deal, signed with a Japanese prime contractor, will see Leonardo supplying its SIT-422/5J interrogator for the JGSDF
Leonardo announced Wednesday that the government of Queensland in Australia placed an order for two Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters. The rotorcraft are expected to aid in the country's ability to respond with additional medical services and to conduct search and rescue missions on land or sea
Leonardo-Finmeccanica delivered the first two of a total four ATR 72MPs, a multirole Maritime Patrol, Electronic Surveillance and C4I aircraft, to the Italian Air Force today. Designated P-72A by the Italian Air Force, the aircraft will replace the Air Forces obsolete Breguet Atlantic
Leonardo-Finmeccanica and the Argentina have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop high-technology in the fields of defence, security and aerospace. According to the agreement which signed in Argentinas capital Buenos Aires recently, the company and the Ministry of Science Technology and Productive Innovation also involves evaluation of commercial partnerships, the company announced Thursday
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has signed a contract with the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) to provide Vehicle Mission Systems for the Danish Armys land vehicles. Based on the Leonardo solution, developed to be fully compliant to the very latest Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) technology, systems will be fitted on several platforms including the newly procured Piranha V APC, new Armoured Patrol Vehicles, Wisent engineering vehicles, Leopard II MBTs and CV90 IFVs, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has resumed flight testing of its AW609 tiltrotor prototype following the fatal October 2015 crash in Italy. AW609 titlrotor prototype AC1 arrived in Philadelphia Thursday, the company said in a statement
Pakistan has signed a contract with Leonardo-Finmeccanica for an undisclosed number of AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to be used for transport and EMS missions. This event sets a major milestone for Leonardo and further expands the already successful presence of the AW139 and other models in the Country
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