March 28 (UPI) -- Leonardo of Italy reports that Pakistan has signed a new order for additional AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engine helicopters.
The aircraft will be used for utility, search-and-rescue, and emergency medical operations.
The exact number of the medium-lift helicopters to be delivered beginning next year and the value of the contract was not disclosed.
AgustaWestland, maker of the helicopter, is now part of Leonardo
"The contract is a further step towards the completion of fleet renewal programs spread over several batches plus logistic support and training," the company said in a press release. "This event is a major achievement for Leonardo expanding the already successful presence of the AW139 model in the country.
"A fast growing fleet of AW139s is already in service in Pakistan, with several units operated by the Pakistan Government for relief and transport duties."