AgustaWestland has completed the delivery of the Italian Police’s AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. Deliveries began in mid-2013, and now eight aircraft are in service at five different bases in central and southern Italy: three aircraft are in Pratica di Mare close to Rome, two in Reggio Calabria and one each in Bari, Palermo and Fenosu.
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Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s AW139 configuration includes a high definition latest generation FLIR, satellite communication system, searchlight, rescue hoist, cabin mission console and a high definition video down link.
More than 1500 flight hours have been logged by the fleet so far, and training has been provided to approximately 50 aircrew and 70 maintenance technicians. A total of 31 AW139s have been ordered by Italian government operators covering a wide range of public utility roles including law enforcement and homeland security, patrol, special operations, search and rescue, command and control, government/VVIP transport, disaster relief and training. The AW139 has been selected by and is in service with the Italian Coast Guard, Guardia di Finanza (Customs and Border protection) and the Italian Air Force. The various Italian Government agencies operating the AW139 are able to benefit from shared logistics, training and support systems.
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