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Leonardo is set to deal eight AW139s on two Italian contracts. The manufacturer said that for $132 million, it is to deliver two aircraft to Italy's Coast Guard and six to its Customs and Border Protection Service.
The Coast Guard plans to use the two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed next year. Customs and Border Protection Service (Guardia di Finanza) plans to use its six AW139s for patrol operations. The operator is already using AW139s for missions including mountain and maritime patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, search and rescue, and homeland security.
Those deliveries should be completed by 2020, according to Leonardo.
When both contracts have been fully delivered, the operators would each have a fleet of 14 AW139s. Leonardo said they are currently replacing legacy Agust-Bell AB412s with the AW139s.