AgustaWestland has secured an order from the Armed Forces of Malta to deliver its AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter.
The new development marks the third order from Malta for this helicopter. It will be deployed for maritime border control missions, Defense-aerospace reported.
Supported by the European Borders Fund and Internal Security Fund programmes, the fleet and the training package for pilots and technicians is in line with the efforts to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.
Part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters, the AW139 has the same flight characteristics and safety features as other helicopters, such as the AW169 and AW189.
Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat medium sized twin-engine helicopter designed to perform in hot and high conditions with inherent multirole capability and flexibility of operation.
Having a cruise speed of 165k, the aircraft features a low acoustic signature, integrated mission avionics and a full ice protection system to accomplish missions in demanding, all-weather conditions.
The aircraft features advanced systems including a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search light and a satellite communication system.
In addition, the helicopter is equipped with a 4-axis autopilot with SAR modes, external rescue hoist and four bag floatation system.
AgustaWestland has received orders for AW139 from more than 220 customers in over 70 countries worldwide. The company has already delivered more than 730 AW139s.
The helicopter is being operated by countries, including Italy, the UK, US, Spain, Estonia, Japan, Republic of Korea and Malaysia.
Image: AgustaWestland’s AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter. Photo: courtesy of AgustaWestland.