Egyptian Air Force orders AW139 helicopters


AgustaWestland North America has been contracted to deliver two AW139 helicopters to the Egyptian Air Force through the US Foreign Military Sales programme.

The contract is worth US$37.8 million and includes logistics support, a training package, search and rescue equipment and medical kits. Deliveries will conclude by November 30 next year, according to the US Department of Defence.
“AgustaWestland is proud to partner with the U.S. Army and our allies to provide the most advanced rotorcraft technology for their mission needs,” said R. Scott Rettig, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland North America. “We are committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations and believe the modern, best selling AW139 will be a valued asset for the Egyptian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.”

AgustaWestland will configure two Pennsylvania-built AW139s for search and rescue missions; support the U.S. Army in training aircrews; and provide a spare parts package to ensure successful fielding of the aircraft.

The Foreign Military Sales contract could be followed by further orders as Egypt has a requirement for an unspecified number of multi-role helicopters.

Meanwhile, in November 2009 AgustaWestland North America received a contract, via the US Navy, to perform depot-level maintenance on three Egyptian Air Force Sea King transports. The work was performed in Maryland, United States.

More than 530 AW139s have been sold, flying with 140 customers in 50 countries. Government customers include the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Republic of Ireland, the UAE Air Force and others.