Tottori Prefecture Orders the AW139 Helicopter for Firefighting

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Tottori Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has chosen the AW139 medium twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. This order further confirms the AW139 outstanding versatility for public utility missions in Japan and Northeast Asia. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter operational service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an ageing model..

Andrew Symonds, President, AgustaWestland Japan said “The best selling AW139 has rapidly become the aircraft of choice in its category in Japan for the widest scope of public utility applications, setting standards against which all other similar class models are being measured. It provides the levels of mission versatility, safety, dedicated customized equipment and performance the most demanding operators in Japan require and deserve. We are happy to add one more customer for the AW139 to support the national community.”

Tottori Prefecture Fire Fighting and Disaster Prevention Agency’s AW139 will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including both Bambi bucket and belly tank fire fighting systems, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), weather radar, FLIR system, search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, snow skids, wire strike protection system and engine inlet barrier filters to allow it to perform a wide range of operations.

Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Feb 26, 2014