AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Yamagata Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency has chosen the AW139 intermediate twin helicopter to meet its operational requirement following a tender process. The AW139 helicopter is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015, replacing an ageing model.
Andrew Symonds, President, AgustaWestland Japan said “The growing success experienced by the AW139 in Japan for so many roles, particularly for public utility applications, confirms that the aircraft is ideal for meeting the many varied operational requirements of agencies throughout the nation. We are convinced the AW139 is well positioned for further success in this important and growing market for AgustaWestland.”
Yamagata Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Prevention Agency’s AW139 will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment comprising Bambi bucket, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), weather radar, FLIR, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System, search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, snow skids, wire strike protection system and external loudspeakers, to allow it to perform a wide variety of missions.
Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Feb 26, 2014