Multi-Role Helicopter Second To Be Accepted By Border Patrol
A second AW139 medium twin helicopter has been delivered to the
Italian Guardia di Finanza (Customs and Border Patrol Service). The
aircraft was accepted Friday by Gen. Michele Adinolfi, Guardia di
Finanza Chief of Staff and Gen. Daniele Caprino, Interregional
Commander for North-East Italy, during an official ceremony held at
AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant. The Guardia di Finanza's first
AW139 was delivered in mid-2009.
The AW139s are being incorporated into the Guardia di Finanza's
Aviation Service fleet as its new generation medium twin
helicopter, replacing older models. The AW139s will perform several
missions including surveillance, reconnaissance, maritime patrol,
law enforcement and homeland security.
"The AW139 is greatly enhancing the Guardia di Finanza's
homeland security operational capabilities to the benefit of the
large community we serve," said Gen. Michele Adinolfi. This type is
a tremendous addition to our operational capabilities."
AgustaWestland BA609 File Photo
AgustaWestland says it is also seeing growing interest in the
BA609 tiltrotor by the Italian Guardia di Finanza.