JAPAN’S IWATE Prefecture has selected the AW139 twin-engine intermediate class helicopter for firefighting and disaster relief duties, replacing an aging model. The choice of this model to meet its requirements was announced on December 10 by AgustaWestland and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace.
The AW139, already a benchmark helicopter in Japan with 38 units in service, will be delivered to the customer at the beginning of 2016. Iwate Prefecture Firefighting and Disaster Relief Agency’s AW139 will be able to attack fires using a belly tank or Bambi bucket and will be equipped with a search light, cargo hook, rescue hoist, external loudspeakers and snow skids. Alan Warnes