AgustaWestland has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Italian Air Force with an aim to develop joint training solutions in the future.
As part of LOI, the two sides intend to co-develop new capabilities to meet the future rotary-wing training requirements by utilising synergies between the AgustaWestland Training Organization based at its Frosinone plant, and the Italian Air Force 72nd Wing (72° Stormo).
Apart from enabling AgustaWestland to further expand the level of service in the training sector to address the evolving requirements of the customer, the LOI also helps the air force boost the level of training for its personnel through an innovative, efficient strategy.
Specifically, the partners aim to develop an integrated training solution based on the AW139 light intermediate helicopter model, which will ensure provision of conversion training to crews of both the Italian Air Force's HH-139A/VH139 and HH-101A helicopters.
The AgustaWestland HH-139A/VH139 is operated for search and rescue and government transport duties, while the HH-101A is scheduled to primarily used in support of personnel recovery and Special Forces operations.
The LOI signing was announced on the occasion of the official ceremony for the maiden flight of the Italian Air Force's first AW 101 helicopter, also designated as HH-101A CAESAR, held at AgustaWestland plant in Yeovil, UK.
AgustaWestland holds impressive track record in successfully training both military and commercial pilots and maintainers from all over the world, through the training academies in Malaysia, Italy, the UK, and the US.
Image: AgustaWestland and Italian Air Force officials sign LOI to develop joint training solutions in Yeovil, UK. Photo: © 2012 AgustaWestland - A Finmeccanica Company.