Fri, Oct 31, 2008
Includes Options For "Several" Additional Rotorcraft
AgustaWestland announced this week the Malaysian Maritime
Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has signed a contract for three AW139
medium twin engine helicopters plus options for "several"
additional aircraft. These helicopters will be used to perform
search and rescue, coastal patrol and law enforcement duties around
Malaysia's extensive coast line.
This order marks the entrance of the AW139 helicopter into the
Malaysian government market, and follows the earlier success of the
aircraft in the Malaysian commercial market. The MMEA adds to the
growing number of customers which have placed orders for or are
already operating the AW139 for homeland security, maritime patrol
and search and rescue missions, including the Japan Coast Guard,
Korean Coast Guard, Spanish Marine Safety Agency (Sasemar),
Estonian Border Guard, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency and
Italian Coast Guard.
AgustaWestland says the twin-turbine AW139 has been designed
with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation,
offering unmatched performance and safety levels as well as the
largest cabin in its class. With a maximum cruise speed of 165 kts,
a maximum range of 573 nm and over 5 hours endurance, the AW139
helicopter offers class leading mission capability.
Orders for more than 400 AW139s have been placed by over 100
customers from around 40 countries for several applications
including EMS/SAR, law enforcement, offshore transport,
VIP/corporate transport, fire fighting, utility and other
commercial and government roles.
Following the recent establishment of its Malaysian subsidiary
AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the company continues to expand
its presence in Malaysia to get closer to its customers offering
total capability solutions. A new regional maintenance and support
center was set up earlier this year, located at Kuala Lumpur's
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.
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