AgustaWestland announced on Tuesday 17 March it has signed a contract with Badan SAR Nasional (Basarnas), the national search and rescue agency of the Republic of Indonesia, for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter equipped for SAR operations. The contract also includes training for aircrew and technicians as well as an initial support package. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2015 and will be equipped with rescue hoist, radar, cabin console and other SAR equipment.
The AW139 provides Search and Rescue (SAR) operators with great performance, high cruise speed (165 knots / 306 kph), long range of (up to 675 nm / 1250 km) and endurance up to 6 hours for extended search patrols. With its high power reserve, thanks to its powerful PT6-67C turboshaft engines, the AW139 has excellent hover performance, including One Engine Inoperative (OEI) condition, even in extreme hot-and-high environments.
The versatile cabin can be configured in a variety of layouts, with accommodation for FLIR station operation, medical treatment and casualty evacuation requirements. A large sliding door on each side of the cabin provides clear access to the cabin for survivors and stretchers. Uniquely the AW139 has an additional 3.4 m3 (120 ft3) baggage compartment, accessible from inside or outside the helicopter.
State-of-the-art avionics and large cockpit displays, together with the 4-axis digital autopilot (with hover mode) and full digital electronic engine control (FADEC) minimise pilot workload and optimise operational efficiency. The AW139’s ergonomic design, excellent handling characteristics and low vibration levels minimise pilot fatigue and enhance passenger comfort. A state-of-the-art Health Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) and diagnostic tools are available to maximise aircraft safety and minimise time on the ground.
Over 900 AW139 helicopters have been sold to more than 220 customers in over 70 countries worldwide to date. The AW139 has been selected by and is now performing search and rescue missions with a large number of operators in Asia and elsewhere around the globe. The AW139 is also widely used for offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, passenger transport and firefighting services.
AgustaWestland has recently achieved significant sales success in Indonesia with the AW119 single engine, GrandNew light twin engine and AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters for a variety of roles. According to AgustaWestland, this latest sale is an important milestone in the Indonesian public sector helicopter market. It enables the helicopter manufacturer’s to increase its cooperation with the local industry.
Featured image: The AW139 in SAR configuration (Image © AgustaWestland)