Apr 13, 2014

Armed Forces of Malta Acquire a Second AW139 Helicopter

AgustaWestland has announced that the Armed Forces of Malta has taken up the option for a second AW139 helicopter. The helicopter will be used to conduct mainly maritime border control missions. The delivery of the second AW139 is scheduled for June 2015, while the first helicopter will be delivered in June 2014.
This order is part of the ongoing plan to strengthen the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Malta, who benefit from the European Borders Fund and Internal Security Fund Programmes. The AW139 is equipped with equipment package for maritime patrol and SAR missions and includes a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search light, satellite communication system, a 4-axis autopilot with SAR modes, external rescue hoist and a four bag floatation system.
The AW139 has been selected for performing border patrol and SAR duties by alarge number of operators in Italy, UK, USA, Spain, Estonia, Bulgaria, Japan, Republic of Korea and Malaysia

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