The Italian Police force has taken delivery of its first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters from AgustaWestland, the company announced on 3 July. The aircraft will be operated by the 1st Aviation Unit of the Italian Police and based at Pratica di Mare, close to Rome.
These are the first two of eight AW139 helicopters ordered under a contract signed in July 2012 following a competitive bid programme. Additional aircraft will be delivered by AgustaWestland in the coming months.
The Italian Police joins a number of other Italian government agencies operating the AW139, including the Italian Coast Guard, Guardia di Finanza (Customs and Border protection) and the Italian Air Force, enabling it to benefit from existing logistics, training and support systems.
The Italian Police AW139 configuration includes a high definition latest generation FLIR, satellite communication system, searchlight, rescue hoist and a cabin mission console. The aircraft will replace a number of older helicopter models as part the force’s fleet modernisation plans
The AW139 is designed 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.
Original article: Shephard Media