The Italian Coast Guard on 6 July received three more AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters while at the same time ordering two more, with options for another four. The choppers are used for a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services.
Delivery of the first batch of Italian Coast Guard’s AW139s started in 2010 and since entering service they have proved extremely successful, performing operations along the Italian coast line and in its maritime economic exclusive zone.
The AW139 has also been selected by and is in service with the Italian State Police, Guardia di Finanza (Customs and Border protection) and the Italian Air Force. The various Italian Government agencies operating the AW139 are able to benefit from shared logistics, training and support systems. This latest contract brings the total number of AW139s chosen by all of these Italian government operators to 37,.
Many maritime, border patrol and security agencies from countries around the world, including Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the UK, USA, Sweden, Spain, Estonia and UAE. Approximately 900 orders have been placed by more than 220 customers from nearly 70 nations to date with more than 730 AW139s already in service.
Featured image (top): An Italian Coast Guard AW139. (Image © AgustaWestland)