Finmeccanica announced at the Singapore Airshow today, February 17, that it has secured an order from TPG Aeronautik Sdn Bhd of Malaysia for two AW189 super medium helicopters. Their delivery is planned in 2017 and they will be operated by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) for firefighting, search and rescue and disaster relief missions.
Selection of the AW189 by JBPM, popularly known as Bomba, will expand its capabilities and will, as an existing operator of two AW139s, enable it to take advantage of the shared benefits in training, operations and support provided by the family of AgustaWestland products. Bomba existing fleet comprises AW109E Powers, AW139s and Mi-17/171s, also used in the fire-fighting role.
Finmeccanica’s Helicopter Division continues to grow in Malaysia with the delivery to Galaxy Aviation of two AW139, joining the fleet of the types operating in the country, and in the Philippines, with two helicopters to be operated for corporate/executive transport. South East Asia continues to be one of the fastest growing market for Finmeccanica and its Helicopter Division, with additional interest coming in both the government and commercial sectors.
Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, has been present in the region for many years with almost 350 helicopters performing missions such as offshore, utility, homeland security, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, maritime patrol, military naval roles and armed reconnaissance.
AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica, continues to play a major role in the Malaysian helicopter market, expanding its presence and increasing its capabilities through a continued programme of investment. Alan Warnes