BE2C2 Report — Italian defense manufacturer Leonardo has received an order from the Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense to deliver additional AW139 helicopters for transport and utility purposes emergency responses and search-and-rescue operations, UPI and Defense News reported, citing government sources.
The company did not disclose the number of rotorcraft included in its latest order. Deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2017.
Leonardo says the purchase expands Pakistan’s existing AW139 fleet, adding the rotorcraft’s high performance capabilities under extreme weather conditions make it a good fit for the country’s operational environment.
The AW139 helicopter is a multirole aircraft designed for emergency response and search-and-rescue operations. Its military variant, designated the AW139M, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 engines, and can be piloted by one or two pilots in addition to carrying 10 troops.
Pakistan is one of several nations, including Italy, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Thailand who have chosen or are already operating the AW139 for a range of government roles.
The AW139 delivers significant power index margins in the most demanding conditions, demonstrated flights up to 20,000 ft, high cruise speed (165 kts), and is able to carry up to 15 passengers or a mix of dedicated mission equipment, litters and medical attendants in its spacious unobstructed cabin for patrol and rescue operations.