Portuguese Air Force receives first two AW119Kx
Leonardo delivered the first two AW119Kx multirole single engine helicopters to the Portuguese Air Force in a ceremony held at Beja Air Base on 18 February.
The three additional aircraft currently being assembled at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in Pennsylvania, US, are expected to be delivered by early 2020. The contract also includes options for two additional units.
The Portuguese Air Force’s AW119Kx helicopters will be used to perform a wide range of missions, including training, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short range maritime SAR as well as firefighting operations.
The AW119Kx is equipped with an advanced avionics system for enhanced situational awareness and can accommodate up to six passengers. The new AW119Kx is suitable for government/military duties, training, utility, EMS, firefighting, law enforcement, VIP/corporate transport and offshore transport. The TH-119 dedicated IFR variant is a candidate for the US Navy TH-XX requirement.
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