Italy purchases three AW139 helicopters

Will be used for fire suppression and search & rescue. There is an option to buy 12 more.

Leonardo photo.

The Italian government’s Fire Brigade has signed a contract to purchase three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters from Leonardo. The € 45 million order includes integrated support and training services for pilots and technicians and provides options for an additional 12 AW139’s . The delivery of the three new helicopters will begin shortly and will be completed in 2019. 

The AW139 was chosen by the Fire Brigade following a tender held in mid-2017. The helicopters will be equipped with a wide range of equipment including a recovery winch, cargo hook for the use of a firefighting water bucket, weather radar, satellite communication system, electro-optical system, high-definition mission console, data transmission system, an advanced anti-collision system, night vision capability, searchlight, floats, lifeboats, PA system, and medical instrumentation.

The Los Angeles Fire Department currently operates four AW139’s as well as two Bell Jet Rangers. 

LA CITY HELICOPTERS
A LA Fire Department AW139 sits atop LAPD’s Hooper Heliport. Photo by Ryan Mason.

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