Australian police to add AW139s
February 28, 2019 By Helicopters Staff
The Victoria Police Air Wing in Australia has chosen three Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters as part of its fleet modernization effort to provide enhanced airborne capabilities.
The helicopters will be supplied by StarFlight Victoria to carry out a range of law enforcement, patrol and surveillance, and maritime search and rescue missions from the Essendon Airport on behalf of the Victoria Police Air Wing.
The AW139s will be delivered from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line facility in Italy in late 2019 and will enter service in 2020 following dedicated mission customization.
Configured for policing operations across the State of Victoria, Leonardo explains the new aircraft will feature a range of tailored equipment like advanced mission console, camera, wire cutter and rescue hoist.
Nearly 120 civil, public utility and military helicopters of various AW139 models have been sold by Leonardo in Australia to date.