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AgustaWestland AW139 enters Swedish SAR role

AgustaWestland has delivered the first of seven AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to the Swedish Maritime Administration, for use in search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. The second aircraft is expected to be delivered shortly, with all deliveries to be completed within 2014.

Over 730 AW139s have been ordered by more than 200 customers in about 60 countries – including Australia. The 580-odd helicopters currently in service have logged close to 750,000 flight hours in roles such as SAR, air ambulance, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement and military transport missions.

AgustaWestland says the SMA’s AW139s are equipped with a range of dedicated mission systems including a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), which “allows flights into known icing conditions and enabling all weather operations, when other types would be confined to the hangar”.

In Australia, Heliflite has been the exclusive Australian distributor and service centre for Agusta civil helicopters since 1977. The AW139 is a 15-passenger-capable medium helicopter featuring twin Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turbines which, combined with a state-of-the-art five-bladed main rotor, deliver high cruising speeds in demanding conditions at all weights.

It has a maximum cruising speed of 306km/h (165 kts), a 10.9m/s rate of climb, service ceiling (MCP) of 6096m (20,000ft) and a maximum range of 1,250km (with 1654kg of fuel).

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