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PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 25 June 2021

  • An acceptance ceremony took place in the presence of Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini, Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso, Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi and Leonardo Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo.  
  • Minister Guerini: “National sovereignty, from a military and technological point of view, is preserved today also thanks to this level of excellence and to the synergies among institutions, Defence and industry. Italy has prime industrial capabilities and Leonardo symbolises a nation, which can leverage a top world-class Aerospace, Defence and Security industry.”    
  • Profumo: “We are proud to represent world-class rotorcraft technology excellence, which is able to maintain Leonardo and Italy at the forefront of innovation in an increasingly strategic, highly competitive sector.”  

Today Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini and Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso attended the acceptance ceremony of an Italian Air Force HH-139B helicopter during an official visit to Leonardo’s helicopter facility in Vergiate (Italy). Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo General Manager Lucio Valerio Cioffi, and Leonardo Helicopters’ MD Gian Piero Cutillo were also in attendance. During the visit to the facility, the Authorities were shown the Company’s industrial capabilities, products and advanced technologies, which are fully representative of Leonardo’s leadership in the vertical flight domain and preserve in-country strategic technological capabilities. 

The HH-139B is a dedicated Air Force variant of the AW139 type. The aircraft will be used for a wide range of missions including SAR – Search and Rescue, fire-fighting, Slow Mover Interceptor. 

Italian Minister of Defence Lorenzo Guerini said: ““National sovereignty, from a military and technological point of view, is preserved today also thanks to this level of excellence and to the synergies among institutions, Defence and industry. Italy has prime industrial capabilities and Leonardo symbolises a nation, which can leverage a top world-class Aerospace, Defence and Security industry.”  

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said: “We are proud to provide our capability so that the Italian Air Force’s major duties such as supporting the national community and homeland security are guaranteed. The HH-139B is an iconic product fully representative of national industry’s technology excellence and international competitiveness. The facility in Vergiate – the largest Leonardo helicopter final assembly line with more than 1,000 employees – shows outstanding rotorcraft capabilities in terms of products, manufacturing processes, and professional skills, and is able to maintain Leonardo and Italy at the forefront of innovation in an increasingly strategic and highly competitive sector.” 

Over 1,200 AW139s have been sold to more than 280 customers in over 70 countries, including more than 80 for Italian government operators (Air Force, Guardia di Finanza, State Police, Coast Guard, National Firefighting Department and Carabinieri), plus emergency medical service operators. This helicopter model benefits from advanced digital technology solutions, for both flight and missions as well as training (pilots and maintenance technicians) and support. The helicopter’s state-of-the-art satellite navigation and synthetic vision system has 3D representations of the external environment on cockpit displays even in poor visibility conditions, advanced collision avoidance and proximity systems, mission sensors and an automatic flight control system, which is able to assist the crew during SAR and hoisting in harsh environmental and weather conditions. The AW139 also features modern predictive maintenance and diagnostics solutions allowing accurate, rapid assessment and data processing on the health and usage of aircraft components. This allows more efficient maintenance activities increasing operational effectiveness and safety. Both flight and maintenance training are extensively delivered in virtual environments and simulation. Crews can therefore maximise their ability to use equipment and leverage the best performance of the product during missions. Maintenance technicians can leverage virtual training therefore increasing technical assistance quality and reliability. All of these capabilities bring greater safety to operations.    

The majority of Leonardo helicopters that are manufactured, and the largest number of its helicopter types in the product portfolio, are assembled at Vergiate facility. Components from Leonardo’s Centres of Excellence in Italy and abroad (airframes, dynamics, avionics, equipment), in addition to the wider supply chain, are gathered and then enter the production process to build the complete helicopter. This is customised, tested, and delivered to Italian and international customers. A major logistics centre is also based in Vergiate for spare parts storage and management and for technical support assisting Leonardo’s helicopter global fleet, which comprise more than 5,000 units that are used by over 1,200 operators in more than 150 countries. 

SATER 02-19 … Esercitazione Interforze SAR / CNSAS.

Si é svolta il 18 giugno, tra la Riviera di Levante dell’Appennino Ligure ed il basso Appennino Emiliano, l’esercitazione SATER 02-19.
Si tratta di un’attività addestrativa che prevede simulazioni di Ricerca e Soccorso (S.A.R. Search and Rescue) in collaborazione con CNSAS (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico) per affinare l’integrazione e l’operatività tra le diverse componenti chiamate a concorrere.

L’esercitazione, interforze ed inter dicasteriale, si inquadra in un programma addestrativo dell’Aeronautica Militare, volto a verificare le capacità di effettuare operazioni di soccorso aereo in caso di incidenti aerei in ambiente terrestre. La SATER 02-19 si differenzia dalle precedenti edizioni in quanto lo scenario previsto ha visto la ricerca di escursionisti infortunati, simulando inoltre il recupero di persone bloccate in zona ipogea (grotte) con intervento della squadra speleologica del CNSAS.

Il Comando Operazioni Aeree (COA) dell’Aeronautica Militare di Poggio Renatico (FE) ha coordinato le operazioni di ricerca che sono state svolte sia di giorno che di notte con gli speciali visori notturni NVG (Night Vision Goggles).

Per il coordinamento delle operazioni S.A.R. é stata costituita una postazione di comando e controllo, denominata PBA (Posto Base Avanzato) presso il Comando Base Aeromobili del Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto di Sarzana (SP), che insieme alle altre articolazioni della Guardia Costiera garantisce un servizio di allarme continuativo per la ricerca e il soccorso in mare e in ambiente costiero.

Oltre all’Aeronautica Militare, che ha partecipato con un elicottero HH-139 del 15° Stormo 85° Centro CSAR di base a Pratica di Mare (RM), hanno preso parte all’esercitazione anche la Marina Militare con un elicottero del 1° o 5° Gruppo di Luni (SP), la Guardia Costiera con 1 AW139 della Base Aerea di Sarzana (SP), i Carabinieri con 1 A109 del 15° Nucleo Elicotteri di Albenga (SV), la Polizia di Stato con 1 AB212 del 9° Reparto Volo di Malpensa (MI) ed 1 velivolo P68 del 10° Reparto Volo di Venezia, la Guardia di Finanza con 1 AB412 della Sezione Aerea di Pisa ed 1 NH500 della Sezione Aerea di Genova, quest’ultima supportata a terra da una squadra del Soccorso Alpino della Guardia di Finanza.

Il coordinamento dell’intera operazione di ricerca terrestre é stato affidato al Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (C.N.S.A.S.) della regione Liguria, che ha messo a disposizione le seguenti risorse per le ricerche a terra, 10 Unità Radiomobili per pianificazione e coordinamento, 10 Squadre composte da Tecnici, Personale Sanitario e Cinofili.

Il 15° Stormo dell’Aeronautica Militare garantisce, 24 ore su 24, 365 giorni l’anno, la ricerca ed il soccorso degli equipaggi di volo in difficoltà, concorrendo, inoltre, ad attività di pubblica utilità quali la ricerca di dispersi in mare o in montagna, il trasporto sanitario d’urgenza di ammalati in pericolo di vita ed il soccorso di traumatizzati gravi, operando anche in condizioni meteorologiche marginali. Dalla sua costituzione ad oggi, gli equipaggi del 15° Stormo hanno salvato più di 7300 persone in pericolo di vita o in condizioni di grave difficoltà.

Si ringrazie l’Aeronautica Militare, il 15 STORMO CERVIA e il 1°Luogotenente Daniele Ruffilli (Addetto Pubblica Informazione) per la disponibilità e cortesia.

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