Leonardo makes sales in Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, and USA

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Leonardo re­ports re­cent sales suc­cesses in Ja­pan for its AW139, AW169 and AW189 he­li­copters in fire­fight­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion. The Shizuoka Pre­fec­ture and Fukushima Pre­fec­ture Fire Fight­ing & Disas­ter Re­lief agen­cies have each or­dered an AW139; the Ya­m­aguchi Pre­fec­ture Fire Fight­ing & Disas­ter Re­lief Agency has or­dered an AW169 – the third of this type to be sold in Ja­pan and the first for fire­fight­ing – and the Tokyo Fire Depart­ment has or­dered an AW189, mark­ing that model’s de­but in the coun­try. All the he­li­copters are ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice be­tween spring 2019 and spring 2020 and will fea­ture stan­dard equip­ment that in­cludes a ‘bambi bucket’, res­cue hoist and search­light. The Tokyo AW189 will have dual res­cue hoists and an aux­il­iary fuel tank for long-range mis­sions to re­mote is­lands. The Shizuoka AW139 will carry out res­cue op­er­a­tions in the Mount Fuji area and will also have a belly tank and gyro-sta­bi­lized Heli-tv camera sys­tem with mi­crowave down­link.

In Aus­tralia, the Gov­ern­ment of Queens­land has or­dered two ad­di­tional Leonardo AW139S that will en­ter ser­vice by De­cem­ber, re­plac­ing older he­li­copter mod­els as part of a fleet mod­erni­sa­tion pro­gramme and join­ing three AW139S al­ready in ser­vice. Based at Townsville, they will serve across the en­tire North Queens­land re­gion, fly­ing SAR mis­sions. Leonardo has a strong foothold in the Aus­tralian mar­ket, with more than 120 he­li­copters in ser­vice or or­dered there, and the AW139 has proven to be the most suc­cess­ful EMS he­li­copter in Aus­tralia with thirty cur­rently fly­ing there.

And in the USA Leonardo has signed a con­tract for three AW169S with Travis County, Texas for its STAR Flight pro­gramme. Travis County will be the US launch cus­tomer for the Ems-con­fig­ured AW169, with de­liv­er­ies ex­pected to be­gin in Oc­to­ber. In ad­di­tion to EMS op­er­a­tions, the AW169S will per­form SAR, law en­force­ment sup­port and fire sup­pres­sion mis­sions in the area sur­round­ing the city of Austin. They will be fit­ted with a multi-pur­pose in­te­rior that can quickly be re­con­fig­ured from EMS roles to in­cor­po­rate SAR and fire­fight­ing kits, and will be equipped with a res­cue hoist and 300 US gal­lon belly fuel tank. In­clud­ing or­ders and op­tions, Leonardo now holds 160 agree­ments for AW169S, from some seventy cus­tomers in thirty coun­tries world­wide.

Ver­sa­tile fam­ily of he­li­copters: here a Queens­land Gov­ern­ment AW139 is em­ployed for res­cue op­er­a­tions...

... while this 139 is con­fig­ured for fire bomb­ing

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