Tue, May 25, 2010
Will Fill Traditional Missions Of SAR, Emergency Medical
Services, Maritime Patrol
The Italian Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first AW139
medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held
Monday at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant in Italy. The first
Italian Coast Guard aircraft of this type is also the 300th AW139
delivered so far. AgustaWestland said the AW139 will perform a
range of missions including maritime patrol, search and
rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services. Three more AW139s will
be delivered in the coming months.
Alessandro Parrini, Senior Vice President Italian Government
Business Unit, said the Italian Coast Guard joins a the long list
of coast guard and SAR operators worldwide who are already using
the AW139 for these demanding duties. "The AW139 has rapidly become
the new generation medium twin of choice for such missions," he
said. "It will allow the Italian Coast Guard to continue to
play a key role in monitoring, protecting and assisting people
around Italy's shores."
The AW139 is equipped with a wide range of SAR equipment
including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook, wire strike
protection system, search/weather radar, FLIR/LLTV system, NVG
compatible cockpit, night sun searchlight, external loudspeaker
system, emergency floatation system and external life rafts.
Many maritime, border patrol and security agencies from
countries around the world, including Japan, Malaysia, the UK, USA,
Spain, Estonia, Cyprus, South Korea, UAE and Italy, have selected
or are already operating the AW139 to fulfill their requirements.
Over 460 orders have been placed by almost 130 customers from over
50 countries to date.
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