AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announces that it has signed a contract with the Swedish Maritime Administration for seven AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the first helicopter scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2013 and the final one in 2014.
The Swedish Maritime Administration is the authority responsible for Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Services in Sweden and will operate the AW139 helicopters from 5 bases across the country.
More than 500 AW139s are now in service performing many roles including SAR, air ambulance, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement and military transport missions. Almost 180 customers from more than 50 countries have ordered nearly 660 AW139 helicopters so far.