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AgustaWestland delivers 2 AW139 to Thailand and Philippine Navy Signs for 2 Additional AW109

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World Air Force News - Asia
 
 
AgustaWestland delivers 2 AW139 to Thailand and Philippine Navy Signs for 2 Additional AW109.
 

The Royal Thai Army has taken delivery of two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Ordered at the end of 2012, these aircraft will perform transport and utility missions across the nation. Still in Asia, the Philippine Navy signed a contract for two additional AW109 Power maritime helicopters.

     
The Royal Thai Army has taken delivery of two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Ordered at the end of 2012, these aircraft will perform transport and utility missions across the nation. Still in Asia, the Philippine Navy signed a contract for two additional AW109 Power maritime helicopters.
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These two additional helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection of the Philippines, surface surveillance, SAR and maritime security. This latest contract brings to five the total number of AW109 Powers ordered by the Philippine Navy which is already operating the first batch of three aircraft. The order further expands the success achieved by this model in the Philippines for military applications following the contract for eight units signed by the Philippine Air Force in 2013. The two additional helicopters will be delivered in the second half of this year and will operate from both shore and ship bases. The contract includes initial logistics support and training for aircrew and maintenance personnel.

About the Royal Thai order, the contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and training package, marks the entrance of the AW139 into Thailand’s military helicopter market and further expands the success of the type in the country.

The Royal Thai Army adds to a growing number of military customers who have ordered or are already operating the AW139 for a wide range of roles including VIP and government transport, utility, search and rescue, emergency medical service, troop transport, border patrol, law enforcement, special operations and homeland security. The armed forces of Ireland, Qatar, UAE and Italy just a few of those operating the AW139 today.