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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Maiden Flight: 24 June 2002
Total Production: 880
Unitary Cost: EUR€14 million   (USD$16 million)
Also Known As: AB139 and UH-139C
Origin: Italy and United States of America
Corporations: Leonardo Helicopters and Textron
Parent System: AW139
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Maiden Flight: 24 June 2002
Total Production: 1,152
Total Cost: USD$6.9 billion
Family Members: AW139M
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Description: The AB139 is a medium-sized twin-engine helicopter capable of carrying up to 15 passengers or 2,500 kilograms of useful load at 157 knots. It is intended for both civilian and military customers. It features an spacious cabin combining the benefits of proven technology and the most demanding JAR/FAR 29 standards. This product is the result of close cooperation between Bell of USA and AgustaWestand (former Agusta) of Italy through a joint venture which is responsible for the whole project.

The first production AB139 helicopter took to the sky powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshaft engines at AgustaWestland's plant in Vergiate, Italy, on June 24, 2002. The first prototype flight occurred on February 3, 2001. The type certification using a four-screen with Honeywell's flight instrumentation cockpit providing decreased pilot workload by FAA was completed on December 20, 2004. Two assembly lines - one at Vergiate, Italy, and a second one in Texas - will deliver AB139s to worldwide customers.

As of December 2004, the AB139 was assessed to have lower operating costs and higher productivity than any other helicopter in the 5 to 8 tons class. The wide range of missions, which AB139 is suitable for, include offshore, VIP transport, search and rescue, and law enforcement. To date, AgustaWestland/Bell has logged firm orders for over 80 helicopters from 40 customers worldwide. In addition, AB139 helicopter was selected for US Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater program. Work in the American assembly line is expected to commence in 2005 with the first delivery anticipated in 2006.

The Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a joint venture established by Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman, selected AB139 as the future VRS solution to perform search and rescue, maritime emergency response, anti-drug patrols, illegal migrant interdiction, and fisheries enforcement on June 26, 2002. ICGS is the contractor team in charge of the US Coast Guard's Deepwater program. On December 3, 2004, the Irish Department of Defence selected AB139 for their utility helicopter requirement including troop transport duties, air ambulance, inland search and rescue and VIP transport. A firm order for four helicopters was anticipated by the Irish government. The first AB139 was handed over to Aga Kahn Development Network, which ordered four aircraft, at Agusta plant in Vergiate on February 12, 2004.

AW139 Specifications

Crew: 1
Main Rotor Blades: 5
Number of Engines: 2
Passengers: 15
Height: 4.95 meter (195 inch)
Length: 16.7 meter (656 inch)
Main Rotor Diameter: 13.8 meter (543 inch)
Width: 3 meter (118 inch)
Max Range: 568 kilometer (307 nautical mile)
Max Power at TakeOff: 3,358 shp (2,505 kW)
Cruise Speed: 292 kph (158 KTAS)
Flight Endurance: 4 hour (240 minute)
Max Takeoff Weight: 6,400 kilogram (14,109 pound)
Payload: 2,500 kilogram (5,511 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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AW139 News

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28 Nov 2006 and 2 Dec 2019
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Monday, December 2, 2019Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Orders Four AW139 Helicopters
Monday, November 18, 2019Abu Dhabi Aviation Orders Three AW139 and Two AW169 Helicopters
Petroleum Air Services Adds Sixth AW139 Helicopter
Friday, September 20, 2019Leonardo Delivers 1,000th AW139 Helicopter
Wednesday, June 19, 2019WIKING Places Order for Two AW139 Helicopters
Tuesday, June 18, 2019Italian National Fire Corps Orders Five AW139 Helicopters
Wednesday, March 27, 2019Weststar Aviation Services Signs Contract for Three AW169 and Two AW139 Helicopters
Tuesday, February 26, 2019Victoria Police Orders Three AW139 Helicopters
Friday, December 14, 2018Italian National Fire Corps Order for Three AW139 Helicopters
Los Angeles Fire Department Places Order for Fifth AW139 Helicopter

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Aircraft sold to the Queensland Government (2+); CHC Helicopters; and Heliflite (>1); Air Ambulance Victoria (6); Toll Group (8); Police of Victoria (3)
Aircraft ordered by Azerbaijan Airlines (8)
Aircraft ordered by the Bangladesh Air Force (2)
Ordered by Senior Taxi Aereo (3), Synergy Aerospace (2+)
Brunei Darussalam2
Aircraft ordered by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company (2)
Aircraft ordered by Ministries Of Finance And Interior (1)
Ordered by London Air Services (3); CHC Helicopter Corporation (23); Ornge (10)
Aircraft ordered by Carabineros police force (1)
Aircraft ordered by Heli Express (7); Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (3); King Express Group Ltd (?); Sharp Ocean (1); Shenzhen Public Security Bureau (1); Police of the Province of Guanxi (1); Zhejiang Police (1); Qinghai Zhingao Natural Gas and Chemical (2); Yunnan Police (1); Sino-US Intercontinental (39)
Aircraft ordered by Helistar (2)
Aircraft ordered by Croatia Police (1)
Aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Defence of Cyprus (3); Ministry of Justice (2)
Aircraft ordered by Bel Air (2); Atlantic Airways (2+)
Aircraft ordered by Petroleum Air Services (6); Egyptian Air Force for SAR missions (2)
Aircraft ordered by the Ministry of Interior of Estonia (3)
Aircraft ordered by Copterline
Aircraft ordered by WIKING (2)
Aircraft ordered by Andhra Pradesh State Government (1); Heligo Charters (2); Jindal Steel & Power (1); Adani Group (1)
Aircraft ordered by Travira Air (2); Badan SAR Nasional (Basarnas) (1)
Aircraft ordered by Lease Corporation International (23); Milestone Aviation Group (28)
Aircraft ordered by Esperia Aviation Services (1); Italian Guardia di Finanza (14); Province of Trento (1); Italian Police (5); several VIP customers (3); Italian Coast Guard (14); Italian National Police Fire Corps (8)
Aircraft ordered by the Japan Coast Guard (25); Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency (4); All Nippon Helicopter (3); Japan National Police Agency (13); Saitama Prefecture (1); Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency (3); Hiroshima Prefecture (1); Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (6); Tottori Prefecture (1); Yamagata Prefecture (1); Kagoshima Prefecture (1); Yokohama City Fire Department (1); Iwate Prefecture (1); private customer (1)
Aircraft ordered by Euro-Asia Air (4)
Aircraft ordered by General Security of Libya (5)
Aircraft ordered by YTL Corporation Berhad (1); Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency - MMEA (3); Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) (2); Weststar Aviation Services (33)
Aircraft ordered by the Armed Forces of Malta (3)
Ordered by Aerolineas Ejecutivas (3)
Aircraft ordered by Heliconia Aero Solutions (2)
Aircraft ordered by Dutch police KLPD (2)
New Zealand5
Aircraft ordered by Helicopters New Zealand (5)
Aircraft ordered by Caverton Helicopters (6); Nigerian government (4)
Aircraft ordered by BlueWay (5)
Aircraft ordered by OHI Group (9)
Aircraft ordered by the government of Panama (6); North Pole Investments (1)
Aircraft ordered by OMNI Group (7)
Aircraft ordered by Gulf Helicopters (15)
Aircraft ordered by UTAir (49); HeliClub (1); VTB Leasing (1); Exclases Holdings (8)
Aircraft ordered by the government of Rwanda (1)
Saudi Arabia10
Aircraft ordered by Saudi Aramco (8); Saudi Aeromedical Evacuation Department of the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2)
Aircraft ordered by Senegal Air Force (1)
South Africa1
Aircraft ordered by private customer (1)
South Korea15
Aircraft ordered by UII - United Industries International (5); Korean Coast Guard (3); Gangwon Fire Fighting Department (1); Samsung Techwin Co. (4); Incheon fire fighting department (1); Chungnam Fire Fighting Department (1)
Aircraft ordered by Sasemar - Spanish Marine Safety Agency - (9); Grupo INAER (4)
Aircraft ordered by Scandinavian Aircraft Marketing (5); Swedish Maritime Administration (7);
Aircraft ordered by SFS Aviation (1)
Trinidad and Tobago4
Aircraft ordered by Trinidad and Tobago's Air Guard (4)
Aircraft ordered by Kaan Havacilik (6)
United Arab Emirates27
Aircraft ordered by Dubai Air Wing (2); Abu Dhabi Aviation (25)
United Kingdom14
Aircraft ordered by Sloane Helicopters (2); FB Heliservices (2); Exclases Holdings (4); Haughey Air Limited (1); Avincis Group (1); VIP customer (2); Starspeed (1)
United States of America88
Ordered by Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) (5); Aero Toy Store (4); Honeywell International; Chevron (2); Fittipaldi Aircraft (1); Bristow Group (13); VIH Cougar Helicopters (1); Era Group (10); PHI (10); Maryland State Police Aviation Command (9); SEACOR (20); Golden Eagle Aviation (1); Waypoint Leasing (6); Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (4)

Grand Total 72854
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