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Pakistan orders more AW139 helos from Leonardo

By
Ryan Maass
Leonardo says the AW139's high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make the aircraft an ideal fit for Pakistan's operational environment. Photo courtesy of Leonardo
Leonardo says the AW139's high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make the aircraft an ideal fit for Pakistan's operational environment. Photo courtesy of Leonardo

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Leonardo received an order from the government of Pakistan to deliver additional AW139 helicopters for transport and utility purposes.

The company did not disclose the number of rotorcraft included in its latest order. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2017.

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Leonardo says the purchase expands Pakistan's existing AW139 fleet, adding the rotorcraft's high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make it a good fit for the country's operational environment.

The AW139 helicopter is a multirole aircraft designed for emergency response and search-and-rescue operations. Its military variant, designated the AW139M, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines, and can be piloted by one or two pilots in addition to carrying 10 troops.

Leonardo adds the helicopter features the largest cabin volume in its class to accommodate two to four stretchers to support emergency response missions.

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