Our Bureau
03:04 PM, November 15, 2013

AgustaWestland will showcase its latest AW189 8 ton class twin engine and the AW169 4.5 ton class light intermediate helicopters at Dubai Airshow 2013.

Members of the exclusive AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters together with the best-selling AW139 intermediate twin, all three models share same design philosophy and outstanding mission capability, latest certification and safety standards, components as well as same approach to maintenance and training offering the market unique flexibility and cost/effectiveness.

The AW169 programme development is progressing as planned, with four prototypes which has logged more than 470 flight hours so far, and is on track to achieve certification next year.

AgustaWestland has a long tradition in the Middle East market and in recent years has significantly expanded its presence in the region with several military and commercial models sold or in operation such as the AW109 Power and Grand/GrandNew light twins, the AW139 intermediate twin, the AW169 light intermediate, the AW189 8 ton class twin engine, the Super Lynx 300 and the NH90 military platforms.

AgustaWestland has seen an increasingly strong presence in the United Arab Emirates covering a range of commercial and government applications with many of its helicopter models. Leading operator Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) operates AW139s mainly for offshore transport purposes.

A repair and overhaul facility in AWAS for some AgustaWestland proprietary dynamic components for the AW139 could be established in 2014.

The Qatar Armed Forces operate 21 multirole AW139s, including three dedicated EMS aircraft, used for utility, troop transport, search and rescue, border patrol, special forces operations, law enforcement and homeland security.

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