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isfaction with the helicopter, training and support provided. The Estonian Police and Border Guard operational capabilities will now be enhanced to even better serve the nation.” All three AW139s are based in


The Estonian Police and Border Guard Takes Delivery of a Third AW139


AgustaWestland, a


Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Estonian Police and Border Guard has taken delivery of its third AW139 medium twin heli- copter. This aircraft will per- form search and rescue, border patrol, medical missions and utility duties to support the community. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at Tallinn Airport yesterday in the presence


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of Estonian Minister of the Interior Marko Pomerants, Secretary General Tarmo Türkson, Director General of the Police and Border Guard Board Raivo Küüt, Head of Police and Border Guard Aviation Group Allan Oksmann, Italian Ambassador Rosa Maria Chicco Ferraro and other digni- taries.


Ugo Rossini, AgustaWestland VP Head of Europe, said “It gives us great pleasure to deliver the third AW139 following the successful introduction into service of the initial two aircraft, highlighting the customer's sat-


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Tallinn, however, one aircraft will be deployed to a new base at Kuressaare Airport (Saaremaa Island) once all this third air- craft achieves operational readi- ness. The deployment of an air- craft to Kuressaare Airport will enable faster response times in the Western area of Estonia. These helicopters ensure that the work of guarding the exter- nal borders and the border con- trol infrastructure are in com- pliance with the European Schengen zone requirements. Since the start of operations in October 2007, the first Estonian Police and Border


Guard AW139s have successfully accomplished a number of search and rescue and patrol missions in demanding condi- tions, dramatically enhancing operational effectiveness and border security. This latest Estonian Police and Border Guard helicopter is the first SAR-configured AW139 featur- ing the FIPS (Full Icing Protection System), allowing flights in known icing condi- tions with real all weather capa- bility, meaning the aircraft will successfully accomplish the mis- sion of saving lives even in the most demanding conditions when other types would be con- fined to the hangar. The aircraft mission configuration also com- prises dual rescue hoist, 6.8 ton Maximum Gross Weight, Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), 4 axis AFCS with SAR modes, moving map, weather/search radar, emergency floats and life rafts, external loudspeaker, search light, cargo hook, fast roping and rappelling fixed provisions, full NVG cock- pit and cabin, FLIR, video downlink provision, mission console and dedicated radio and communication suite. The AW139's superior per- formance allows greater coverage of the sea and borders when compared to any other helicop- ter in the medium twin class. Excellent one engine inoperative capability enhances safety during rescue missions. The new tech- nology integrated cockpit reduces pilot workload and allows the crew to concentrate on the mission. With the largest cabin in its class the AW139 can easily accommodate the crew, rescue equipment and multiple survivors. AgustaWestland can


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