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Sun, May 19, 2013

Exclases Russia Signs Contract For Five AW139 Helicopters

Aircraft To Be Supplied By HeliVert

HeliVert, a Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture, and Exclases Russia are pleased to announce the signing of a contract between the JV and Exclases Russia for the supply of five AW139 helicopters which will be assembled at the HeliVert plant in Tomilino near Moscow. This contract, which includes a mix of five VIP and utility-configured helicopters, follows the first contract signed between HeliVert and Exclases Russia for Russian-built AW139 helicopters which includes an AW139 that is scheduled to be delivered in June. This purchase further expands the presence of the AW139 model in Russia where over 20 have been ordered so far and almost 50 across the CIS countries.

This medium multi-role helicopter is superior to all other twin-engine helicopters in its class in terms of speed, flight characteristics and passenger cabin size. Combining a streamlined fuselage, latest avionic equipment, spacious cabin and low acoustic signature, the AW139 sets a new standard in the market. The AW139 has a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots, maximum range in excess of 500 nm, maximum flight time of five hours and outstanding performance. It is the only helicopter in its weight class that can be equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), which makes it possible to fly into known icing conditions. The AW139 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turboshaft engines, equipped with full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC) and each rated at 1,679 SHP for take-off. The maximum take-off weight is 14,000 pounds with an option of 15,000 pounds. The helicopter is configured for one or two pilots and can carry up to 15 passengers or 6-8 passengers in VIP/corporate transport configuration.

HeliVert is located in Russian Helicopters’ National Helicopter Building Center in Tomilino, Moscow region. The plant was constructed from scratch, and is now one of the most advanced facilities of the kind in Russia. According to the plans production of AW139 helicopters in Russia began in 2012. It is expected that up to 15-20 helicopters will be assembled annually. The number of personnel engaged in the production process will exceed 100 once maximum capacity is reached. The plant is intended to meet the growing demand for the AW139 in the Russian market as well as the CIS market in general. The first AW139 assembled in Tomilino performed its maiden flight in December 2012.

(Images provided by AgustaWestland. Pictured L-R: Standing HeliVert Director General, Alexander Kuznetsov; AgustaWestland Head of Region, Alberto Ponti and AgustaWestland Senior VP Commerical Business, Emilio Dalmasso. Sitting Russian Helicopters Director General, Dmitry Petrov, Director General, Russian Helicopters; Daniele Romiti, CEO, AgustaWestland and Aaron Frankel, Exclases)

FMI: www.agustawestland.com, www.russianhelicopters.aero


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