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Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps expands AW139 helicopter fleet with €75 million order.

  • Contracts for five more AW139s add to the initial three-unit order, with two already delivered this year
  • Italy aims to progressively replace their decades-old AB412 helicopters with modern AW139s for disaster relief, firefighting and airborne rescues
  • 61 AW139s ordered by the Italian Government for public services to date; over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over 1100 AW139s

Paris, 18 June 2019 – Leonardo announced new signed contracts for five additional AW139s to the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of Ministry of the Interior), including integrated logistic support and training for crews and technicians. The orders, valued at over €75 million, add to the previously purchased three units, with two already delivered this year. The five new helicopters are expected to be delivered in June 2020.

The Italian National Fire Corps intends to progressively replace the decades-old AB412s helicopters and to guarantee optimal coverage and increased responsiveness across the country. Indeed, the introduction of the AW139 marks a major enhancement of airborne multirole capabilities with the world’s most modern helicopter for maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief duties. The fleet modernization programme includes an option for seven additional helicopters which could be added to the eight already ordered.

Over 816,000 rescues and sorties are performed every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy. The Italian National Fire Corps AW139 helicopters feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NGV) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows. The aircraft also feature an advanced 4-axis autopilot perfectly suited for SAR operations, including over the sea.

Vigili del Fuoco – Photo Page by www.dgualdo.it
Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

Leonardo: Italy’s National Fire Corps receives first two AW139 helicopters, the backbone of the Country’s rescue and emergency response services.

  • The helicopters will carry out search and medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief with enhanced operational effectiveness from all national bases. The first AW139 of the National Fire Corps is now entering service.
  • Replacing the AB412 fleet in the next few years, the AW139 has also been chosen by the Italian Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and many EMS operators
  • The new helicopters feature latest generation avionics and sensors and firefighting and rescue equipment for operations in all conditions

Rome, 18 April, 2019 – With the delivery of the first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo and the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco, part of the Ministry of the Interior) announced a major step forward in strengthening their collaboration delivering advanced, more effective emergency response services in Italy. The event, celebrated during an official ceremony held at Leonardo’s Vergiate facility today in the presence of Government representatives and local authorities. The introduction of the AW139 marks a major enhancement of airborne multirole capabilities with the world’s most modern helicopter for maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief duties.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

Over 816,000 rescues and sorties are performed every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy, and the AW139s, planned to progressively replace the Italian National Fire Corps AB412s which have been in service for decades, will guarantee optimimal coverage and an even more rapid responsiveness across the country. The Italian National Fire Corps will receive a third AW139 this year under the €45 million contract signed in 2018. The contract also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. The first two helicopters will be based in Rome Ciampino for National Fire Corps personnel training.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

The backbone of the Country’s rescue services, the AW139 is also in service with the Italy’s Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard and Air Force. The National Fire Corps AW139s feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

Vigili del Fuoco AW139s Delivery Cerimony Photo Report – by Damiano GUALDONI

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Agusta-Bell AB412 ( c/n 25564 ) Vigili del Fuoco VF-118.

Thanks to Silvano ZAMPIERI for this great shot of the Agusta-Bell AB412 VF-118 operated by Vigili del Fuoco (still wearing previous Corpo Forestale color scheme)… taking off from Venezia-Tessera Airport, March 2019.

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Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ( c/n 31845 ) I-RAIN [VF-140]

Many thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this first view of the the Leonardo Helicopters AW139 Vigili del Fuoco I-RAIN [VF-140] … while performing maintenance flights at Venegono (VA), February 2019.

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 December 2018

Leonardo: Italian National Fire Corps to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities with contract for three AW139 helicopters.

  • The contract valued at around €45 million also includes support and training services, with an option for 12 additional helicopters
  • Aircraft to perform maritime and mountain SAR, medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief/civil protection missions
  • 56 AW139s ordered by the Italian Government for public services to date; over 270 customers from around 70 nations have already ordered over 1100 AW139s

In a move to enhance its emergency multirole airborne capabilities to more effectively counter the ever increasing risks of firefighting duties, the Italian National Fire Corps (Vigili del Fuoco) has signed a contract for the supply of three AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The order, valued at around €45 million, also includes integrated logistic support and training for pilots and technicians, and encompasses an option for 12 additional helicopters. Deliveries of the three new aircraft are expected to start shortly and to be completed in 2019.

Over 816,000 rescue operations occur every year countering fires across Europe, including many in Italy this year. In order to better face these challenges the Italian National Fire Corps, part of the department of firefighters, public rescue and civil defence within the Ministry of the Interior, is acquiring the world’s best rescue helicopter capable to also carry out maritime and mountain Search and Rescue (SAR), medical rescue, and disaster relief/civil protection. The AW139 has been selected by the customer following a competitive tender launched in 2017.

The 7 tonne AW139s of the Italian National Fire Corps are expected to progressively replace their AB412s helicopters which have been in service for decades. The new aircraft of the Italian National Fire Corps will feature a wide range of mission equipment, including an external rescue hoist, cargo hook with bambi bucket provision, weather radar, multi-band and satellite communication systems, high definition Forward Looking Infra-Red / Low Light TV (FLIR/LLTV) system, Leonardo’s high definition mission console with digital recorder, high definition down link, Leonardo’s Optical Proximity LiDAR System (OPLS), Night Vision Goggle (NVG) capability, new generation Trakka searchlight, emergency floatation system and external life rafts, external loudspeaker, medical rack and bubble windows.

The AW139 design incorporates a large spacious cabin accessed by two sliding doors, powerful engines that deliver class leading performance and safety, making it the aircraft of choice in its weight class. Excellent one engine inoperative capability ensures the aircraft can accomplish the most demanding missions while maintaining the ability to fly away safely in the rare event of an engine failure. The cockpit features the latest technology including fully integrated avionics, a 4axis digital Automatic Flight Control System with dedicated SAR modes and large flat panel colour displays – reducing pilot workload and allowing the crew to concentrate on the mission.

Fonte: Abruzzolive.it – 13 Agosto 2017 – L’Aquila.

Elicottero precipita nella Piana Grande, sul Gran Sasso.

I due piloti a bordo e un tecnico si sono salvati. Si tratta dell’elicottero dei Vigili del Fuoco AB206 , VF-10, che fa capo al nucleo di Pescara. Secondo la ricostruzione, stava atterrando in località Fonte Vetica, quando c’è stato un problema tecnico. Secondo quanto emerso dal piano di volo, l’elicottero stava per prelevare il direttore delle operazioni riguardo allo spegnimento di un incendio a Farindola, in provincia di Pescara come previsto dal comando dei vigili che doveva valutare la possibilità di trasportare personale e materiali di soccorso con un velivolo. Il Servizio Regionale Abruzzo del Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico è intervenuto per soccorrere l’equipaggio. L’operazione di soccorso è avvenuta con l’elicottero sanitario di stanza all’Aquila, in servizio al 118 regionale, supportato successivamente da un secondo elicottero del 118 di Pescara. I tecnici del Soccorso Alpino e l’equipe sanitaria hanno stabilizzato l’equipaggio e hanno trasportato i tre feriti, che non sono in pericolo di vita, negli ospedali dell’Aquila e Pescara. Una squadra di terra del Soccorso Alpino, con un medico del corpo, è intervenuta da Campo Imperatore a supporto delle operazioni.


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