AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that FB Heliservices has signed a contract for two AW139 helicopters. Delivery of the helicopters will start in early-2009 and they will be used to provide search and rescue training for AgustaWestland export customers. The aircraft will be operated from RAF Valley in Wales where FB Heliservices already perform SAR training for the UK military services. The AW139s will be equipped for over land and over water SAR operations and will include rescue hoist, search radar, FLIR camera, cabin mission console, emergency flotation system, life-rafts, comprehensive communications system, NVG compatible cockpit and 4-axis automatic flight control system with SAR modes and search patterns.
The AW139 has become the benchmark medium-twin helicopter and orders for over 340 helicopters have been placed by nearly 100 commercial and government customers in almost 40 countries to carry out a number of roles including search and rescue, emergency medical services, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, homeland security and military utility transport.
FB Heliservices is a joint venture company formed by FR Aviation Group Ltd and Bristow Helicopters Ltd that specialise in the provision of helicopters and associated services to military and government markets. FB Heliservices operate over 60 helicopters and have operations in the UK, Belize, Brunei, Cyprus and the Middle East.
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