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ON FINAL APPROACH
AgustaWestland News
First Upgraded British Army Lynx
pany, is pleased to announce the success-
Flies With New Engines ful first flight of the British Army’s first
Lynx AH Mk.9A fitted with more power-
AGUSTAWESTLAND, a Finmeccanica com- ful CTS800 engines, just 10 months after
contract award. The maiden flight, lasting
60 minutes, took place today at
AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility with the
aircraft handling as expected. Graham
Cole, Managing Director, AgustaWest-
land, said after the flight “I am delighted
that the first flight has been achieved in
such a short period after contract award.
The rapid progress we have been able to
make on this program highlight the bene-
fits of partnering, under the framework of
the Strategic Partnering Arrangement,
which will see these aircraft being back
on the front line supporting our troops in
the shortest possible time.”

Japan National Police Agency
Orders One More AW139
AGUSTAWESTLAND, a Finmeccanica com-
pany, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are
pleased to announce that the Japan Na-
tional Police Agency (JNPA) has ordered
another medium lift AW139 helicopter to
replace the Chiba prefecture’s AS332L1
helicopter. The selection is endorsement
of the popularity of the AW139 and sup-
ports the growing views that the multi-role
AW139 can perform the mission require-
ments of older heavier class helicopters.
This addition to the JNPA fleet increases
the number of AW139 helicopters oper-
ating in the law enforcement role in Japan
to three with the first two helicopters be-
ing selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan
Police Department.

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