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Algeria expresses interest in AW249 while AW139 deal remains in limbo

12th December 2022 - 17:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


Leonardo and the Algerian Ministry of National Defence (MND) signed an industrial and trade partnership in 2016 to produce helicopters. (Photo: Leonardo)

Leonardo and Algeria hope to seal the AW139 deal in 2023 while Italy and the North African country further strengthen defence ties.

The Algerian Air Force and Leonardo expressed their intention to finalise a deal for seven AW139 helicopters at the 13th session of the Algerian-Italian Bilateral Committee held at the end of November.

The partners ‘strongly hoped to formalise’ the deal by the first half of 2023, the Italian MoD said in a statement released on 5 December.

The Algerian delegation also gave voice to its interest in the AW249 as it visited the production site of Leonardo in Varese.

A Leonardo representative told Shephard that there is ‘no indication of a deal’ regarding the AW249 and that ‘the information

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Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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