AW139 helicopter

AgustaWestland has handed over the two AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters to the Royal Thai Army.

The delivery forms part of a contract secured by the company to supply two helicopters along with a comprehensive maintenance and training package, to assist army in conducting transport and utility operations throughout the country, in October 2012.

The delivery adds Thailand to a growing list of countries with armed forces that have acquired the AW139s.

It can be used to conduct a wide range of missions, including VIP and government transport, utility, search-and-rescue (SAR), as well as homeland security operations.

"AgustaWestland has delivered 500 AW139 helicopters to date, out of total 650 ordered."

Powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C turboshaft engines, the AW139 is a 15-seat, medium lift helicopter designed primarily for use in law enforcement and emergency medical service, executive transport, maritime and general utility missions in hot and high conditions.

Operated by a crew of two pilots, the helicopter is capable of transporting 15 passengers indifferent 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.

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

The helicopter is currently operating in Italy, Spain, Estonia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, UK and US, among others.

Image: A Royal Thai Army’s AW139 helicopter in flight. Photo: courtesy of AgustaWestland.

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