Fri, Jul 20, 2012
Brings Total Number Of The Aircraft To Five Purchased In 18 Months
Two additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopters have been ordered in Japan to perform fire fighting missions. Contracts have been signed by the Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City respectively. AgustaWestland announced Monday at Farnborough that these latest orders bring to five the number of fire fighting-configured AW139s purchased in Japan in just 18 months continuing the rapidly growing success of this model for this role across the nation. Customers now include Saitama Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Yokohama City and the Fire Disaster Management Agency which has bought two AW139s.
Second FDMA’s AW139 is expected to be delivered to customer in 2013. The aircraft will be provided with a comprehensive mission-dedicated fit also including weather radar, Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capable GPS, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, ice detector system, snow skis, loudspeaker, belly tank and bambi bucket.
Yokohama City’s AW139 will be operated by its Fire Department. The aircraft will perform fire fighting and disaster relief missions within the Yokohama City area at ordinary times. This helicopter will be shipped from AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia assembly line to Japan by the end of the year with delivery to customer following in March 2013. The Yokohama City Fire Department’s AW139 will also feature weather radar, Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) capable GPS, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, main rotor blade high visibility painting, belly tank and FLIR provision.
The AW139 offers superior safety levels in the fire fighting role due to its class leading performance, outstanding one engine inoperative capabilities, system redundancy and superior levels of crashworthiness. These contracts further strengthens the presence of the AW139 in the Japanese helicopter market where around forty helicopters have been ordered by customers that also include the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Japan Coast Guard, All Nippon Helicopter (NHK), Kansai TV, and Japan National Police Agency.
(Image provided by AgustaWestland)
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