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Leonardo’s helicopter rescue and law enforcement fleet grows stronger in Brazil adding further AW119s to the AW109s and AW139s already used by other agencies.


PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 30 November 2020

  • The AW119Kx helicopters are expected to progressively arrive in Brazil in the first half of 2021 to carry out a range of roles including transport, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting, surveillance and law enforcement.
  • Nearly 190 Leonardo helicopters fly in Brazil today performing a range of roles including corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, and naval applications, supported by a growing level of localized maintenance services.
  • Over 350 AW119 helicopters have been ordered by over 130 customers in 40 countries, many of them for law enforcement, rescue, public service and military tasks

Leonardo announced today that the Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF) of Brazil will introduce into service six AW119Kx single engine helicopters. The first aircraft is expected to be introduced in Brazil beginning next year, with the delivery of the remainder helicopters to the operator planned to be completed by mid-2021. The AW119Kxs will be operated by the Air Operations Division (DOA) from its bases in the five Regions of Brazil to perform a range of missions including transport, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting, surveillance and law enforcement.
The selection of the AW119Kx by the PRF was made following a rigorous assessment of technical capabilities to best meet the law enforcement agency’s needs. The handover of these helicopters will further expand the fleet of Leonardo helicopters used by law enforcement, rescue and public
service operators across Brazil which already includes the AW119 single engine type in addition to the AW109 light twin and AW139 intermediate twin models. The helicopters will feature an advanced customized configuration including, among others, a Garmin G1000NXi glass cockpit,
an infrared capable electro-optics system, rescue hoist, cargo hook, bambi bucket to counter fires, rappelling kit on both sides for special forces operations, advanced communication systems.

To date there are over 190 Leonardo helicopters of various types operating in Brazil performing many roles including: corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, and naval applications. As the success of Leonardo’s product grows further, the Company is committed to further strengthening its existing level of localized services with the establishment of a new regional support centre, run by Leonardo do Brasil, in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo whose groundbreaking was celebrated in February. The new support centre will expand the services already provided by the existing facility headquartered in São Paulo. Leonardo is committed to serving and protecting communities around the world, contributing to their sustainable growth by leading in next generation technologies. Partnering with Governments, private organizations and industries for the best security and safety capabilities is a cornerstone of Leonardo’s Be Tomorrow 2030 Strategic Plan.

  • Life Link III signed a contract for one helicopter with delivery in 3Q2021, adding to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx
  • The world’s first fully FAA IFR-certified single engine in decades, the type allows safe operations in low visibility and challenging weather conditions combined with high performance and cabin space while keeping single engine economics
  • Over 350 AW119s sold to more than 130 customers in 40 countries to date to perform a wide range of roles including EMS, utility, fire-fighting, law enforcement, passenger transport, training and government/military duties

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 7 July 2020

Leonardo announced today that the EMS operator Life Link III, based in the upper-midwest United States, has placed an order for one IFR-certified AW119 single engine helicopter with a future option for a second aircraft.

The aircraft will be added to an existing fleet of ten AW119Kx helicopters delivering in-flight critical care and transporting patients in Minnesota and Wisconsin with over 21,000 total flight hours amassed. Delivery from the AW119 final assembly line in Philadelphia is expected in the third quarter of 2021.

The contract marks the first sale for the FAA certified IFR capable AW119 in the civil market and for emergency medical service roles. The type is the first single engine helicopter in decades to fully meet current IFR requirements without compromise, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, thanks to advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant flight systems. The IFR-capable AW119 adds one more option and an ideal IFR entry point for commercial and public service operators who seek for the highest level of safety and performance in demanding conditions while keeping single engine economics. This combines with the AW119’s unique light-twin like multiple redundancies of critical systems and cabin space delivering outstanding reliability and safety.

Steve Sterner, Chief Executive Officer of Life Link III, shared: “Our decision to become the first civilian user of the IFR-certified AW119 fully supports our mission of providing safe and effective air medical transport. The advanced avionics and technology on this aircraft elevate our ability to provide life-saving critical care resources to those in need. With high degrees of performance, safety, speed and efficiency, this aircraft is well-suited to meet the needs of our crew members and patients.”

William Hunt, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters in Philadelphia, said: “We are proud to introduce the IFR-certified variant of the AW119 to the civilian market and to do so with an incredible partner like Life Link III. This aircraft’s advanced technology and dual flight systems will ensure that our first responders are able to fly safely in challenging weather conditions while providing the same accessible, efficient cabin configuration for patient treatment and transport that the AW119 is known for.”

The AW119 has met high standards of operational requirements and mission effectiveness – including NVG capability – since the first aircraft was delivered to Life Link III in early 2014. Life Link III’s IFR AW119 will feature a special cabin interior with an articulated patient loading system, ensuring full patient body access for two medical professionals on board. This latest sale represents the growing share of Leonardo’s helicopters in the North American EMS market, which now totals more than 113 across a fleet of AW119s, AW109s, AW169s and AW139s.

I-AWCV – ITALIAN ROTORS update

Thanks to Tiziano CAPENTI for this rare image of the AgustaWestland AW119Kx Koala I-AWCV operated by Leonardo … approaching Venegono Airport (VA) early in June 2020. This Koala was previously operated as N499SM and used to perform a long demo/trial tour in Nepal during year 2017.

PRESS RELEASE – 18 October 2018

LEONARDO: PORTUGAL’S AIR FORCE ORDERS FIVE AW119KX MULTIROLE HELICOPTERS.

  • Contract awarded by the Portuguese Ministry of Defence valued in excess of €20 million for five helicopters plus options for two additional units with deliveries between late 2018 and early 2020 
  • The AW119Kx will perform a range of roles including training for military crews before moving to the AW101, Super Lynx and other frontline types, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short range maritime search and rescue (SAR)
  • Almost 320 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date by nearly 130 customers in 40 countries
Leonardo announced today that the Portuguese Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the AW119Kx as its new multirole single engine helicopter to meet its future operational requirements. The Portuguese Air Force is set to take delivery of five aircraft with an option for a further two units. Deliveries are to start in late 2018 from Leonardo’s plant  in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA), with completion of deliveries by early 2020. The contract awarded by the Portuguese MoD is valued in excess of €20 million. The AW119Kx helicopters will be used to perform a wide range of roles including training, MEDEVAC, troop transport and short range maritime search and rescue (SAR) and may be used for firefighting. The AW119Kx was selected following a thorough and rigorous assessment of competing models, demonstrating that Leonardo’s solution was the best suited to meet the stringent requirements of the customer.
This selection marks a further reinforcement of the long standing partnership between Leonardo and the Portuguese Ministry of Defence in the helicopter sector following the supply to the Air Force of AW101s for long range SAR, utility, personnel recovery and fishery protection missions and of Super Lynx aircraft (including a Mid Life Upgrade) to the Portuguese Navy for maritime duties. The AW119Kx will provide greater versatility and performance compared to the current Portuguese Air Force fleet of ageing single engine rotary wing aircraft, as well as an outstanding training capability for military crews before moving to the AW101, Super Lynx and other frontline types.

PRESS RELEASE – 2 JANUARY 2018

LATVIA ORDERS ADDITIONAL HELICOPTERS FOR STATE BORDER GUARD.

  • Two AW119Kx helicopters will join two AW109 Powers in 2019 to perform SAR, transport, firefighting and disaster relief missions
  • Contract also includes an option for an additional unit and aircrew/maintenance technician training services
  • Orders for nearly 300 AW119s placed by over 120 customers in almost 40 nations to date​

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the State Border Guard of Latviahas signed a contract for two AW119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transport, firefighting and disaster relief; replacing two ageing AB206B JetRangers.

This order marks a further expansion of the State Border Guard’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters, adding to two AW109 Power light twins which have been successfully in service for the last ten years. The AW119Kx was chosen following a thorough assessment of competing types within the framework of the Ministry of the Interior’s helicopter fleet modernisation programme. The combination of AW109 Power and AW119Kx helicopters will boost the State Border Guard’s mission capabilities and versatility for round-the-clock day/night operations.

The AW119Kx is a best in class single engine helicopter featuring a state-of-the-art avionics system for enhanced situational awareness, mission effectiveness and safety. The AW119Kx has a large cabin able to accommodate up to six passengers and redundancy of all critical systems that are typically available on twin engine aircraft, ensuring outstanding safety.

Nearly 300 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in almost 40 countries by over 120 customers. The new AW119Kx is perfectly suited to perform many roles including law enforcement, EMS, utility, fire-fighting, VIP/Corporate transport, training and government duties. Several law enforcement operators in the USA, China, Republic of Korea, Finland, and Brazil, to name a few, have already chosen the AW119.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 24 March 2017

Two successful characters for a two-week demo tour in Nepal: the Leonardo AW119Kx helicopter and Simone Moro, the only alpinist in history to have reached four 8,000 meters peaks in winter. The goal of the demo tour is to demonstrate the operational capabilities of the AW119Kx at 24,000 feet, in order to carry out helicopter rescue missions at hitherto unimaginable altitudes.

The demo tour will consist in two parts: during the first week, to test some features of the AW119Kx, passenger transport missions will be simulated starting from Nepal’s capital, Katmandu (4200ft), to several base camps in the surroundings, but at higher altitudes. During this phase, it will also be possible for some potential clients to participate in such missions and test the helicopter capability. The second week will be dedicated to high-altitude aerial work activities, including several tests for the transport of materials with the cargo hook.

PRESS RELEASE – 23 November 2016

LEONARDO: LIFE FLIGHT NETWORK OF US ORDERS TWO ADDITIONAL AW119KX HELICOPTERS.

  • Fleet will be comprised of 21 AW119Kx helicopters by year-end
  • Life Flight Network has just reached 20,000 hours in its AW119Kx fleet
  • Over 115 AgustaWestland EMS helicopters now in service across North America

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that EMS operator Life Flight Network of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West United States has ordered two additional AgustaWestland AW119Kx aircraft. Totaling nineteen aircraft today, customer’s fleet of AW119Kx helicopters will increase to 21 by the end of the year. Leonardo Helicopters and Life Flight Network also celebrated 20,000 hours reached by operator’s AW119Kx EMS fleet and the occasion was marked with the presentation of a plaque congratulating Life Flight Network on the milestone, which was achieved within three years of the first deliveries.

“We are proud of the partnership with Leonardo-Finmeccanica and look forward to operating additionalAW119Kx helicopters as we continue to grow,” stated Michael Griffiths, CEO of Life Flight Network. He adds, “The AW119Kx is an excellent helicopter for the environment we operate in and provides clinicians with full body access to the most critical patients.”

Life Flight Network è stato il cliente di lancio della versione AW119Kx del monomotore di Leonardo dotato di unnuovo cockpit digitale, caratteristica che ha contribuito al crescente successo del prodotto in tutti i segmenti di mercato. Gli AW119Kx di questo cliente sono dotati di visori notturni e di interni con equipaggiamenti medicali allo stato dell’arte. Oltre a questo modello, Life Flight Network opera anche un bimotore AgustaWestland AW109 Power. Con quest’ultimo ordine la flotta di elicotteri di Leonardo dedicati all’elisoccorso in Nord America, comprendente i modelli AW119, AW109 e AW139,  sale a 115.

Life Flight Network was the launch customer for the glass-cockpit outfitted AW119Kx, a feature that has contributed to the strength and success of the aircraft in all market segments. Their AW119Kx helicopters are NVG-capable and feature a state-of-the-art medical interior. Customer’s fleet also includes one AW109 Power. Life Flight Network contributes to Leonardo Helicopters’ expanding presence in the North American EMS market, which now totals 115 across a fleet of AW119s, AW109s, and AW139s.

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HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE

Sino-US Signs contract for 25 AW119Kx helicopters in EMS configuration in China.

  • The contract is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft
  • Establishing the largest emergency medical service helicopter programme ever launched in China with deliveries starting by June 2016
  • More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of commercial and public services.

Finmeccanica announced today a major step forward in the expansion of its presence in the global emergency medical service (EMS) market with the signing of a contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters with Sino-US in China through its Helicopter Division. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through to 2017.  Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016 and the helicopters will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd (Kingwing), a prime helicopter operator in China which has established a dedicated EMS project designated the CHAA (China Helicopter Air Ambulance) to provide a strong contribution to the Chinese EMS sector.

The framework agreement and the 25 helicopters contract pave the path for the establishment of the largest EMS helicopter programme across China’s provinces and significantly strengthens the presence of Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in the commercial and public services market, where its products have demonstrated greatly successful for a range of missions such as law enforcement, rescue, disaster relief, firefighting and passenger transport. More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters have been sold to Chinese customers to date.

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