AW139 helicopter

AgustaWestland has received a contract to supply its AW139 medium-twin utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.

The unspecified contract covers the delivery of two helicopters, along with a comprehensive maintenance and training package to assist army in conducting transport and utility operations throughout the country.

Commenting on the helicopter, AgustaWestland regional head Vincenzo Alaimo said: "We are confident this model, thanks to its unmatched performance, comfort and safety, has significant potential in Thailand in the future."

The deal marks adds Thailand to a growing list of armed forces to have acquired the AW139 for conducting a wide range of missions, including VVIP and government transport, utility, search-and-rescue (SAR), as well as homeland security operations.

"We are confident this model has significant potential in Thailand in the future."

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a medium lift helicopter designed primarily for use in law enforcement/emergency medical service, executive transport, maritime and general utility missions.

Operated by a crew of two pilots, the helicopter is capable of transporting 15 passengers in different seating configurations at a cruise speed of 306kph, and features a baggage compartment that provides a 3.4m³ storage capacity.

Additional features include an advanced five-bladed main rotor, a Honeywell Primus Epic fully-integrated avionics system, retractable tricycle landing gear, four-axis digital automatic flight control system (AFCS), GPS and radio navigation system, as well as large flat panel colour displays, with optional icing protection.

The company has delivered 500 AW139 helicopters to date, out of total 650 ordered by approximately 170 customers from 50 nations worldwide.

Image: An AW139 utility helicopter during its flight. Photo: © 2010 AgustaWestland – A Finmeccanica Company.