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19 novembre 2015 4 19 /11 /novembre /2015 08:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo thaifighterclub)

 

November 16, 2015: Strategy Page

 

In early October Thailand ordered another eight AW139 transport helicopters from Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland. The Thai army received its first two AW139s in 2014 and was impressed. The military tends to buy a lot more stuff after a coup (which Thailand had in 2014, the 12 th since 1932) because an elected government is much less cooperative about this sort of thing. The first two AW139s cost about $27 million each. These eight ton choppers carry up to 15 passengers and can get by with just one pilot. Cruise speed is 288 kilometers an hour and endurance averages 3.2 hours. The AW149, a military version of the AW139, is also available but is more expensive. The AW139 competes with the U.S. UH-60 and another European helicopter, the slightly larger NH90. AgustaWestland is a division of the Italian firm Finmeccanica.

 

Thailand has been trying to replace its aging force of helicopters for the last decade. This has led to the purchase of new American, European, and Russian helicopters, depending on who is offering the best deal at the moment. Thus Thailand has also ordered Russian Mi-17V5s, American UH-72As and UH-60Ms and European (Airbus) AS500 helicopters.

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10 octobre 2015 6 10 /10 /octobre /2015 11:35
RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)

RTA AW-139 helicopter (photo : thaifighterclub)


09.10.2015 Defense Studies

Contracts Announced Worth 140 Million Euro

New contracts worth a total of 140 million Euro for Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland helicopters. During the Helitech International Show held in London, the company announced orders for the AW139 and AW169 new-generation helicopter models, by both commercial and Governmental European and Asian customers for a total amount of eleven.

Among the operators to mention which have chosen the AgustaWestland’s new-generation helicopters is the Royal Thai Army, that will use eight AW139s for transport and utility services in addition to the two currently in service and the company Heliservices International GmbH which will use its new AW169 for offshore activities in the North Sea.

The helicopters ordered will be used for the implementation of a variety of missions, like passengers transport, law enforcement and offshore transport; and the entry into service of these machines, specifically ten AW139s and one AW169, is planned to take place between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016.

The AW139 and AW169 helicopters, thanks to great performances, cutting-edge technology and operating flexibility, have reached a unique success in their respective categories (intermediate for the world class leading AW139 and light intermediate for the recently certified AW169), obtaining a total of over 1,000 orders signed to date on the world market. The AW139 is the best selling helicopter in its category, with over nine hundred ordered, while the AW169 is the first new-generation helicopter in its category that has been launched on the market in the last thirty years presenting cutting-edge technological solutions in equipment, rotors, re-configuration capability for each mission, emissions reduction and safety standards.

(Finmeccanica)

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8 août 2014 5 08 /08 /août /2014 16:50
Armed Forces of Malta receives first AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter

A Maltese AW139 twin-engine helicopter in flight. Photo AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.

 

8 August 2014 army-technology.com

 

AgustaWestland has handed over the first AW139 medium-sized twin-engine helicopter to the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM).

 

The helicopter was delivered under a contract secured by the company in July 2013, and is scheduled to be primarily used in support of maritime border control missions.

 

A part of Malta's plan to strengthen the AFM's operational capabilities, the contract also included an option for two more aircraft, an integrated logistic support (ILS) package and training of ten pilots, including four students and 20 technicians.

 

The helicopter is equipped with an advanced maritime patrol and search and rescue (SAR) mission equipment package, including a high-definition forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, search / weather radar, cabin mission console and a searchlight and satellite communication system.

 

Additional equipment includes a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, naval transponder and external rescue hoist, as well as a four-bag floatation system.

 

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, designed to conduct law enforcement / emergency medical service, executive transport, and maritime and offshore oil operations in hot and high conditions.

 

The helicopter can fly at a speed of 165k, and features a low acoustic signature, integrated mission avionics and a full-ice protection system to complete missions in demanding environments.

 

In addition to Malta, the helicopter is also operated in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK and the US, among others.

 

The AFM placed an order for the second helicopter in April, with the delivery scheduled to take place in December.

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15 juillet 2014 2 15 /07 /juillet /2014 16:35
Bangladesh orders two AW139 helicopters from AgustaWestland

The AW139 belongs to AgustaWestland's family of new generation helicopters. Photo AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.

 

15 July 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

Bangladesh has ordered two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters, along with a support and training package, from AgustaWestland.

 

The Finmeccanica subsidiary will supply the helicopters by the end of 2015.

 

The helicopters are expected to be operated by the air force to perform maritime search-and-rescue (SAR) operations in all weather conditions. They will also be used to conduct missions in support of maritime security and disaster relief.

 

The advanced mission configuration of the Bangladeshi AW139s will include search / weather radar, forward looking infrared, search light, rescue hoist, emergency floats and a four-axis dual digital automatic flight control system with hover and SAR modes.

 

 

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized helicopter.

"The helicopters are expected to be operated by the air force to perform maritime search and rescue operations."

 

In addition to SAR, the helicopter is widely used for offshore passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical service, VIP / corporate transport and firefighting.

 

The chopper belongs to AgustaWestland's family of new generation helicopters, and has the same flight characteristics and safety features as the other members, such as the AW169 and AW189.

 

All three helicopters share common cockpit concept and design philosophy.

 

AgustaWestland has simultaneously won contracts for the supply of one AW139 each for Japan and the UK.

 

The Yokohama City Fire Department in Japan has ordered an AW139, the second in its fleet, while an undisclosed customer from the UK has ordered the helicopter for VIP transport.

 

Last week, Australia ordered six helicopters for emergency medical service.

 

AgustaWestland has more than 770 orders for AW139 from 60 countries including Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Sweden and the UK.

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15 avril 2014 2 15 /04 /avril /2014 11:50
Armed Forces of Malta orders second AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter

An AW139 medium sized twin-engine helicopter during its flight. Photo: © 2012 AgustaWestland - a Finmeccanica company

 

14 April 2014 naval-technology.com

 

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) has awarded a contract to AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, to deliver a second AW139 intermediate-twin engine helicopter in June 2015.

 

The AW139 will be used in maritime border patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions.

 

In July 2013 the AFM signed a contract with AgustaWestland for the delivery of one AW139 with an option for two more aircraft.

 

This also included an integrated logistic support (ILS) package and training of ten pilots, including four students and 20 technicians.

 

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engine helicopter, designed to conduct offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, VIP transport and firefighting in hot and high conditions.

 

The helicopter, with a flying speed of 165k, features a low acoustic signature, integrated-mission avionics and a full ice protection system to complete missions in demanding environments.

"The AW139 will be used in maritime border patrol and search and rescue (SAR) missions."

 

The Maltese helicopters are scheduled to be supplied with an advanced maritime patrol and SAR mission equipment package, including a high-definition forward-looking infrared (FLIR) system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console and a searchlight and satellite communication system.

 

Additional equipment will include a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, naval transponder, external rescue hoist and a four-bag flotation system.

 

The helicopter is currently operating in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK and the US, among others.

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24 juin 2013 1 24 /06 /juin /2013 16:45
AW109 - photo AgustaWestland

AW109 - photo AgustaWestland

24 June 2013 by defenceWeb

 

The Mauritanian Air Force has ordered two AW109 helicopters and the Senegalese Air Force a single AW139 from AgustaWestland, the company has announced.

 

The contract with Mauritania was signed on June 17 at the Paris Air Show during a ceremony attended by Colonel Hereitani of the Mauritanian Air Force and Geoff Hoon, AgustaWestland’s Managing Director of International Business.

 

AgustaWestland said the twin-engined AW109 Power helicopters would be used for border patrol and reconnaissance missions, and would be delivered in mid-2014 in a multi-role homeland security configuration.

 

The contract also includes a comprehensive training and support package that will be delivered both in Italy and on-site to ensure a quick and effective entry into operational service for the aircraft, AgustaWestland added.

 

Mauritania’s Air Force only flies two other helicopters – Chinese Harbin Z-9As delivered in 2003, according to the Jane’s Information Group.

 

The Mauritanian Air Force has been growing in recent times, especially in response to Islamic terrorist organisations operating in the region. Four Embraer EMB-312F Tucanos were received from France in 2010 and 2011, while the nation began taking delivery of new Super Tucanos in October 2012.

AW139M - photo AgustaWestland

AW139M - photo AgustaWestland

Also at the Paris Air Show, AgustaWestland announced that it had signed a contract for a single AW139 medium helicopter, which will be operated by the Senegal Air Force. It will most likely be used for VIP transport.

 

The contract marks the entrance of AgustaWestland helicopters in the regional market, the company said, and includes in-country support services and training for both aircrew and maintainers.

 

Senegal is also expanding its air force, with the country recently ordering three A-29 Super Tucanos from Embraer. The contract was signed on April 10 this year.

 

The AW109 Power variant, which can be flown by a single pilot, features a digital glass cockpit with six liquid crystal instrument displays providing the aircrew with flight, systems and mission data. It can cruise at a maximum speed of 285 km/h. Nearly 480 AW109s are in service in around 50 countries, with almost one third of these being operated by government customers.

 

The AW109’s larger sibling, the AW139, can cruise at 306 km/h over nearly a thousand kilometres. Around 720 have been sold in almost 60 countries to over 200 customers for many roles including VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, fire fighting, offshore transport, search and rescue, emergency medical services, disaster relief and maritime patrol.

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30 mai 2013 4 30 /05 /mai /2013 11:50
Dual-Use In Azerbaijan

May 30, 2013: Strategy Page

 

Azerbaijan has ordered ten AW139 helicopters from Britain (Agusta Westland) for $148 million. These are for civilian use and military use. These eight ton choppers carry up to 15 passengers and can get by with just one pilot. Cruise speed is 288 kilometers an hour and endurance averages 3.2 hours. The AW139 competes with the U.S. UH-60 and another European helicopter, the slightly larger NH90.

 

Azerbaijan is getting several different AW139 variants; four AW139 and two AW189 as navy transports, two AW139s as ambulances, one AW139 for search and rescue and one AW139 for VIP transport. This purchase is the part of a military buildup by the oil rich Turkic nation of Azerbaijan, which has more than doubled its defense budget in the last three years (to nearly $4 billion). Nearly half the budget will be spent to modernize the armed forces. Outside of the defense budget many dual-use items, like these ten helicopters, are also being purchased.

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