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Leonardo Conducts NH90, AW139 Dealings
The Pakistani government has placed an order for additional Leonardo AW139s, Leonardo announced Feb. 20. While the quantity of aircraft has not been disclosed, deliveries are expected to start mid-2017.
The first of 10 NHInudstries NH90s was recently delivered to the Italian Navy, Leonardo announced Feb. 21. Designated as “MH-90,” the helicopter is to be used for amphibious support and Special Forces operations, configured for naval tactical transport.
Not only is the Italian Navy planning to receive more MH-90s, but it has also asked Leonardo to upgrade its NHIndustries NH90 fleet. Worth some $11.6 million, the contract has the manufacturer replacing legacy identification friend or foe (IFF) systems with the latest “Mode 5” upgrade. This would allow the fleet to work on joint operations with NATO allies post 202 when the standard is set to be mandate, Leonardo said in its Feb. 21 announcement.
An aviation survival technician prepares to deploy from an MH-60 Jayhawk during training. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard
Michigan Coat Guard Station Awaits Jayhawks
Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is waiting to trade its Airbus MH-65 Dolphins for Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawks, local news outlets reported Feb. 22. The first delivery is expected in April, and the air station would subsequently send its Dolphins to other air stations around the country. Air Station Traverse reportedly favors the trade for the new helicopters’ anti-icing technology, longer range and larger size.
Photo courtesy of TRU Simulation + Training Inc.
Wysong Delivers 407GXs to PHI
Wysong Enterprises Inc. delivered two Bell Helicopter 407GXs to PHI Air Medical, Wysong announced Feb. 23. Configured for emergency medical service (EMS), Wysong customized the helicopters with exterior painting, avionics, a LifePort EMS interior and airframe modifications. The company also installed Genesys Aerosystems HeliSAS autopilot, a Freeflight RA 4500 radar altimeter, an ASU night-vision goggle cockpit modification, a Donaldson Aerospace & Defense inlet barrier filter (IBF) and other modifications.