AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from bases in Southern Italy (Bari, Palermo and Reggio Calabria) as well as from Pratica di Mare close to Rome. The Italian Police AW139 configuration includes a high definition latest generation FLIR, satellite communication system, searchlight, rescue hoist and a cabin mission console. The latest aircraft also includes an advanced HD video down link which will also be retrofitted to the Italian Police’s UH-139 helicopters already in service.
The AW139 is the world’s best-selling helicopter in its class and the only new generation aircraft in its weight category in service today. Over 200 customers from almost 60 countries have ordered more than 750 AW139 helicopters to perform a wide range of roles including law enforcement, homeland security, border/coast guard duties, emergency medical services, fire fighting, search and rescue, VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport and passenger shuttle services. A growing number of law enforcement and border security agencies have selected and operate the AW139 in countries such as the USA, Japan, Oman, Brazil, The Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, UAE and China.