Saudi Mede­vac to get AW139 he­li­copters

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Agus­taWest­land has signed a con­tract for a fleet of AW139 twin-en­gine he­li­copters to equip the Saudi Aeromed­i­cal Evac­u­a­tion De­part­ment of the Min­istry of De­fence of the King­dom of Saudi Arabia.

The he­li­copters will be con­fig­ured with a ded­i­cated aeromed­i­cal in­te­rior to per­form air am­bu­lance op­er­a­tions, with de­liv­er­ies start­ing in 2013 and be­ing com­pleted in early 2014.

It is the first or­der for the AW139 to be placed by the Min­istry of De­fence of the King­dom of Saudi Arabia and con­tin­ues the success of the AW139 in the King­dom, where it is al­ready per­form­ing de­mand­ing mis­sions with other pres­ti­gious op­er­a­tors.

The AW139 has been recog­nised by many of the world’s lead­ing aeromed­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions as the most ca­pa­ble heli­copter in its class, thanks to its out­stand­ing per­for­mance and the eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble large cabin for pa­tients and the med­i­cal team. The AW139 will fur­ther en­hance the aero- med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion ser­vice in the King­dom of Saudi Arabia, help­ing it to save lives and de­liver med­i­cal treat­ment to those in need in the short­est pos­si­ble time.

With more than a 130 AW139s sold in the Mid­dle East re­gion, the AW139 is the mar­ket leader, of­fer­ing new stan­dards in terms of state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, per­for­mance in the most de­mand­ing weather and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions and low op­er­at­ing costs. The AW139 is the only heli­copter in its class to meet the lat­est civil safety stan­dards and features Cat. A (Class 1) per­for­mance, a 30 minute run dry ca­pa­ble main gear­box and an ad­vanced health and us­age mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem (HUMS).

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