Egyptian Air Force receives AW139s

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The Egyptian Air Force has taken delivery of two AW139 helicopters from AgustaWestland. The aircraft are configured for the search and rescue role.

“AgustaWestland is proud to have delivered these aircraft early and on budget,” said R Scott Rettig, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland North America. “We are confident that the AW139 will be an enormous asset for the Egyptian Air Force’s helicopter fleet.”

In May last year it was announced that AgustaWestland North America had been contracted to deliver two AW139s to the Egyptian Air Force through the US Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Contracting Centre for Foreign Military Sales. The US$37.8 million includes logistics support, a training package, search and rescue equipment and medical kits.

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 620 AW139s have been sold for EMS/SAR; offshore transport; law enforcement; utility; and government missions. AW129s are flying with 160 customers in 50 countries. Government customers include the United States Department of Homeland Security, the Republic of Ireland, the UAE Air Force and others.