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Italian National Fire Corps receives first AW139s

25th April 2019 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo has delivered the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to the Italian National Fire Corps, the company announced on 18 April.

The helicopters will provide support for search and medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief from national bases.

The service will receive a third AW139 in 2019 under the €45 million contract signed in 2018. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and includes an option for 12 additional helicopters. The first two helicopters will be based in Rome Ciampino for training.

The helicopters are equipped with an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems and high definition forward looking infra-red/low light TV  system. They also feature Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR system, night vision goggle capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

The AW139s will progressively replace the Italian National Fire Corps AB412s.

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