The Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Leonardo’s AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements.
The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from Leonardo’s plant in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA), with completion of deliveries by early 2020.
The contract awarded by the Portuguese MoD is valued in excess of €20 million. The AW119Kx helicopters will be used to perform a wide range of roles including training, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short range maritime search and rescue (SAR) and may be used for firefighting.
The AW119Kx will provide greater versatility and performance compared to the current Portuguese Air Force fleet of ageing single engine rotary wing aircraft, as well as an outstanding training capability for military crews before moving to the AW101, Super Lynx and other frontline types.
The Portuguese Council of Ministers on July 27 authorized the defense ministry to open negotiations to buy five Embaer KC-390 twinjet tanker-transports with an option for a sixth aircraft. Along with five aircraft purchase, The Cabinet resolution, now published in the Portuguese government gazette, Diário da República, also mentions logistics support and a Category-D full-flight simulator to be installed and operated in Portugal,
AgustaWestland has introduce the upgraded AW119 single engine helicopter with Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and the very latest avionics, including synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, to improve situational awareness and increase safety. The new aircraft was officially unveiled today at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, USA, which is being held from 22nd to 24th October
Romania plans to procure 12 used F-16 jet fighter aircraft from Portugal in a five year contract worth $600 million. Corneliu Dobritoiu, Romanian Defense Minister, said, “We shall come up with a decision draft within CSAT
Tata Sons and AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) Understanding for the creation of a joint venture for the AW119 helicopter final assembly in India. The agreement was signed in Bangulure, at Aero India 2009
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