More Expected To Replace Older Birds
AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace announced last week
the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency (TMPA) signed a contract for
its second AW139 medium-twin helicopter. The TMPA received its
first AW139 in March 2006.
The company expects further orders from TMPA to replace older
models in the fleet. Tokyo Metropolitan Police AW139s are equipped
with NVG compatible cockpit, search light, loudspeaker, rescue
hoist, HD side mounted camera, emergency floats, rappelling kit and
other specific mission police equipment.
The AW139 features large sliding doors, a cabin which allows
easy configuration changes, and an internally and externally
accessible baggage compartment large enough to carry a multitude of
mission specific equipment. With a maximum speed of 165 knots, an
AW139 can be quickly deployed to any crime scene or accident
The helo's integrated avionic system also provides the basis for
managing the sensors and communications equipment required for the
law enforcement role.
Numerous law enforcement and public service agencies around the
world have chosen the AW139 to fulfill their diverse operational
requirements, including Japan Coast Guard, Korean Coast Guard,
Chinese Police, Spanish Maritime Safety Agency, Italian Civil
Protection, CHC for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Dutch
Police, Estonian Border Guard, Queensland Government of Australia,
Korean Gangwon Fire Fighting Department and the Nigerian National
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
Approximately 350 orders have been placed by nearly 100
customers from almost 40 countries to date. Designed with inherent
multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, the AW139 can
perform many roles including law enforcement, offshore transport,
search and rescue, emergency medical service, VIP/corporate
transport and military utility missions.