By S.L. Fuller | January 4, 2018
Leonardo has sold two AW119Kxs to the State Border Guard of Latvia. The manufacturer said the deal also comes with an option for an additional unit, customized configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services.
The State Boarder Guard already has two AW109 Power light twins, which Leonardo said have flown for the last decade. Chosen through an assessment of competing types, the AW119Kxs are being purchased within the framework of the Ministry of the Interior’s helicopter fleet modernization program. The new aircraft would perform search and rescue, transport, firefighting and disaster relief missions, replacing two legacy Agusta/Bell Helicopter AB206B JetRangers.
According to Leonardo, nearly 300 AW119s have been ordered to date in almost 40 countries by over 120 customers. The aircraft can accommodate up to six passengers features redundancy of all critical systems that are typically available on twin engine aircraft.