Leonardo makes sales in Japan, Australia, and USA
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