CHC Australia has completed the rollout of six new Leonardo AW139 for the Royal Australian Air Force, replacing the fleet of Sikorsky S-76 search-and-rescue helicopters used by the Royal Australian Air Force. The final AW139 will be on base in Victoria by mid-March, according to the company.
The AW139 aircraft are search-and-rescue configured with four-axis auto hover, allowing them to hover over water at night. CHC operates helicopters for the Royal Australian Air Force, Australian navy and the Australian army.
“We’re delighted to be able to upgrade our SAR fleet for the Royal Australia Air Force,” said Vincent D’Rozario, CHC’s regional director for Asia Pacific. “CHC Helicopter has worked closely with the RAAF for almost 30 years and it is a pleasure to provide a more capable, new generation aircraft. Fitted with four-access auto hover capabilities and CHC’s award winning night vision technology, we know these aircraft will prove invaluable support during training exercises.”
Australia’s Victoria Police Air Wing also recently ordered 3 AW139 aircraft as part of its fleet modernization efforts.