Company denies combat helo sales to Libya

March 7, 2011 at 6:10 AM
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ROME, March 7 (UPI) -- Italy's Finmeccanica is denying reports that it has sold combat helicopters to Libya, where government forces and rebels are clashing.

"In particular, Finmeccanica reiterates that it never sold combat helicopters to Libya but only aircraft for search-and-rescue activities and for border control," the company said in a news release.

"… AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, received orders for 20 helicopters from Libya, of which 17 have already been delivered."

In 2006, following the creation of the LIATEC joint venture with Libya, a contract was signed for 10 AW109 civil helicopters, followed by an order for five AW119Ke helicopters for the Libyan Red Crescent.

In December 2010, AW delivered a second AW139 helicopter, part of an order for five aircraft from Libya's General Security agency for border control operations and search-and-rescue activities, the company said.

The company said its other dealing with the North African country included contracts for construction of signaling systems, telecommunications and power supply for railway lines and provision of a security system to monitor and control Libya's southern border with Chad.

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