Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov announced this week that the plan to procure 35 AW139 helicopters from AgustaWestland has been cancelled only a week before the MAKS Air Show is to begin.
The defense ministry considers the helicopters too expensive at $700 million, Itar-Tass reported.
The loss of the contract could prove a major setback for HeliVert, the joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland that launched an assembly plant in the town of Tomilin, just south of Moscow, last year, the report added.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev employs two AW139 helicopters to ferry him to and from his suburban residence and the White House, Vedomosti reported.
“The order is still under negotiation,” said Roberto Caprarella, a spokesman for AgustaWestland told Reuters.
Sukhoi's military division has also had some good news, signing a major contract last week to build 12 Su-30MK fighter planes for Vietnam.
The fighters will cost Vietnam about $450 million, a source close to the negotiations said, RIA Novosti reported.
AgustaWestland announced today that it has signed a contract to supply a fleet of AW139 twin engine helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The helicopters will be configured with a dedicated aeromedical interior to perform air ambulance operations, with deliveries starting in 2013 and being completed in early 2014
Despite taking a major hit last month, AgustaWestland today announced the sale of a further VIP-transport configured AW169 light intermediate helicopter to Australia. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland, said, “This latest sale testifies how popular the all new AW169 has become among VIP customers in Australia and elsewhere in the world
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the Swedish Maritime Administration for seven AW139 intermediate twin helicopters for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The Swedish Maritime Administration is the authority responsible for Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Services in Sweden and will operate the AW139 helicopters from 5 bases across the country
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the Swedish Maritime Administration for the supply of seven new search and rescue helicopters. The AW139 is a well-tested rescue helicopter optimal for Swedish conditions and is certified according to international standards
AgustaWestland has won a contract for two additional AW139 medium twin helicopters from Japan’s distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. The AW139s will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement missions in the Toyama and Osaka Prefectures
AgustaWestland and the Royal Thai Army have signed a contract for two AW139 twin-engine helicopters which will be delivered in 2014 to perform transport and utility missions across the nation. Vincenzo Alaimo, Head of Region, AgustaWestland, said, “It gives us great pleasure to sign this contract with the Royal Thai Army to support their transport requirements
AgustaWestland has won contracts worth €260 million for the supply of 24 helicopters from various countries including the United States, Brazil, the UK and Japan. The contracts, signed during the international exhibition Heli-Expo 2014 , being held in Anaheim, California, includes AW119Kx , GrandNew , AW139 , AW189 , and solutions for maintenance and training
AgustaWestland has delivered a second AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to a South Africa to perform corporate/passenger transport and Emergency Medical Services utilizing a quick convertible EMS pod. The AW139 has the provisioning to fit floatation gear, a cargo hook and is fitted with an infrared camera system to assist pilots in poor visibility conditions (clouds and/or dust for landings on unprepared surfaces)
AgustaWestland delivers the first AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter to Sweden during an official ceremony. The aircraft is the first of seven AW139s on order which will be equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in Sweden and the customer is expected to receive the second helicopter shortly and the third aircraft by year end, with all deliveries to be completed within 2014
Russia will postpone the supply of 12 MiG-29M/M2 jets and the S-300 missile systems to Syria until 2016-2017 due to failed payments, according to the Kommersant newspaper. Initially six of 12 MiGs were expected to be shipped to Syria by the end of this year
Sagem and Kamov have agreed to jointly develop an enhanced version of the Kamov-52 Alligator attack helicopter, which will address a requirement expressed by several countries. Sagem and Kamov started working together in 2011, with the aim of offering upgrade solutions, including integration, for Kamov helicopters, in particular Sagem optronic equipment and LINS 100 inertial navigation systems
Russia has claimed leadership in the export of new multirole fighter jets for 2009-2012, as per figures from Russias arms exporter Rosoboronexport reported by Russias Center for the Analysis of the Global Arms Trade. In that four-year period, Russia supplied 224 new jets valued at about $9 billion
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