AgustaWestland delivers SAR helicopter to Swedes

Sept. 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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ROME, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The first of seven AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters for the Swedish Maritime Administration has been officially delivered to the agency in a ceremony in Italy.

The medium-sized, twin-engine aircraft are being equipped for search-and-rescue operations and will operate from five bases in Sweden.

"We are delighted to the deliver the first Swedish Maritime Administration's AW139 as this event marks a major step forward in capability and sets a new important milestone for Sweden's search and rescue," said Daniele Romiti, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland. "By selecting one of the most advanced SAR-dedicated rotorcraft systems in our comprehensive product range, Sweden will also benefit from the AgustaWestland's longstanding, well-established expertise in rescue operations. We are committed to supporting this leading customer to maximize the operational effectiveness and the unparalleled advantages of the AW139."

The all-weather AW139 has a maximum speed of 193 mph and a range of more than 570 miles.

In addition to being fitted out for search-and-rescue missions, the aircraft for the Swedish Maritime Administration will also be equipped with full ice protection systems, the company said.

Delivery of the remaining six AW130s will take place next year.

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