Pakistan acquiring AW139 helicopters

Pakistan has contracted Leonardo-Finmeccanica for an undisclosed number of AW139 helicopters.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 25, 2016 at 10:54 AM
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ROME, May 25 (UPI) -- The government of Pakistan has ordered AW139 helicopters from Leonardo-Finmeccanica for use in search-and-rescue operations.

Neither the specific number of helicopters ordered nor the value of the procurement contract were disclosed.

The AW139 by AgustaWestland, which is now part of Leonardo-Finmeccania, is an intermediate twin-engine helicopter. It has a maximum speed of 193 miles per hour, a range of more than 771 miles and a flight endurance of nearly six hours.

Delivery of the helicopters will begin next year.

"The new generation AW139 sets new standards in the market with advanced technology and class-leading performance, reliability, safety, versatility and cabin space," Leonardo-Finmeccanica said. "The aircraft has outstanding one-engine inoperative capabilities, even in hot and high operating conditions."

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