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HANGAR TALK


Saitama Prefecture Orders an AW139 Helicopter


AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce that Saitama Prefecture of Japan has placed an order for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be operated by the Fire Fighting and Disaster Relief Department to perform fire fighting, emer- gency medical service, air rescue and transport missions. The helicopter will be assembled at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia (USA) facility with delivery tak- ing place in late 2011. The air- craft is expected to enter opera- tional service in spring 2012. The Saitama Prefecture’s


AW139 will feature a very com- prehensive mission-dedicated fit including a “belly tank” fire fighting system, weather radar, nose camera, FLIR, video down-


link, search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, loudspeaker system and main rotor blade high visi- bility painting. Advanced avion- ics selected include an Enhanced Vision System (EVS), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) and Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). ◆


AgustaWestland Extends IMOS Contract


AgustaWestland recently announced it has signed a con- tract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the second five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract for the period 2011 to 2016 is valued at approximately £570 million. The IMOS contract provides a comprehensive availability


based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters operated by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. The contract includes payments for achieved flying hours and incentivisation arrangements associated with delivering agreed levels of air- craft serviceability, operational fleet aircraft numbers and Royal Navy AW101 Merlin Training System availability.


Speaking after the signing of the contract Giuseppe Orsi, AgustaWestland's Chief Executive Officer said “This contract continues AgustaWestland's long term commitment to provide efficient and effective support solutions for the UK MoD’s helicopter


fleets, whilst delivering through a partnered approach increased aircraft availability and increased value for money to the UK Government." ◆


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