Armed Forces of Malta Acquire a 2nd AW139 Helicopter
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Armed Forces of Malta has taken up the option for a second AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The helicopter will be used to conduct mainly maritime border control missions. The delivery of the second AW139 is scheduled for June 2015, while the first helicopter will be delivered in June 2014.
This order is part of the ongoing plan to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Malta, who benefit from the European Borders Fund and Internal Security Fund Programmes. The AW139 is equipped with a state-of-the-art equipment package for maritime patrol and SAR missions and includes a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search light, satellite communication system, a 4-axis autopilot with SAR modes, external rescue hoist and a four bag floatation system.
This state of the art intermediate twin-engine helicopter features the largest cabin in its category for greater mission flexibility and comfort. Litter layout options range from two to four in a medical evacuation configuration. Advanced technology and impressive one engine inoperative performance make the AW139 the intermediate twin of choice for SAR duties. Two powerful PT6-67A turboshaft engines with FADEC deliver high power margins for maximum safety.
The AW139 has been selected by, and is now performing border patrol and SAR duties with, a large number of operators in Italy, UK, USA, Spain, Estonia, Bulgaria, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia to name a few. The AW139, as the market leader in its class, is also widely used for offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, VIP transport and firefighting. The AW139 helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW169 and AW189. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of these models in areas such as training, maintenance and support.
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Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)