AgustaWestland secures Egyptian Air Force contract
May 18, 2011, Reston, Va. - AgustaWestland North America, Inc. has been awarded a $37.8 million contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Contracting Center for Foreign Military Sales to the Egyptian Air Force.
By Carey Fredericks
“AgustaWestland is proud to partner with the U.S. Army and our allies to provide the most advanced rotorcraft technology for their mission needs,” said R. Scott Rettig, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland North America. “We are committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations and believe the modern, best selling AW139 will be a valued asset for the Egyptian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.”
AgustaWestland will configure two Pennsylvania-built AW139s for search and rescue missions; support the U.S. Army in training aircrews; and provide a spare parts package to ensure successful fielding of the aircraft. Designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, the AW139 offers unmatched performance and safety levels as well as the largest cabin in its class. AgustaWestland manages an active, highly efficient AW139 production line in the company’s Philadelphia, Pa. manufacturing facility, where it will also produce the recently added, advanced military AW139M.
With unrivalled range and the highest power-to-weight ratio in its class, the AW139 sets standards of multi-mission performance in high and hot conditions and with a cruise speed of 165 knots. The AW139 features a low acoustic signature, integrated mission avionics and is available with a full ice protection system, allowing aircrews to accomplish missions in the most demanding, all-weather conditions.
More than 140 customers in 50 countries use the medium-twin engine AW139 for multi-mission roles. As the most modern helicopter designed and produced in the last decade, more than 530 AW139s have been sold, flying demanding missions for government customers such as the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Republic of Ireland, the UAE Air Force and others.