AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce an order by the Mauritanian Air Force for two AW109 Power twin-engine helicopters that will be used for reconnaissance and border patrol missions. The two helicopters will be delivered by mid-2014 in a multi-role homeland security configuration. The contract also includes a comprehensive training and support package both in Italy and on-site to ensure a quick and effective entry into operational service for the aircraft..
The AW109 Power is valued by operators and pilots alike for its outstanding performance, reliability and ease of maintenance. These combined with mission flexibility make the AW109 Power a highly cost effective and capable helicopter for a wide range of applications.
The AW109 Power is single pilot IFR certified and can perform Category "A" take-offs from elevated helipads without any payload reduction, while complying with the European regulations relating to Class 1 performance helicopters. The aircraft's engines are controlled by a Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system. A digital glass cockpit with six liquid crystal instrument displays provides the aircrew with flight, systems and mission data.
Almost 480 AW109s are in service in about 50 countries, with almost one third of these being operated by government customers. AgustaWestland is able to offer AW109 Power operators a wide range of conversion, recurrent and mission training courses on a range of training devices including its full flight simulator located at its Training Academy in Italy. A wide range of cabin interiors, mission equipment and systems make the AW109 Power a true multi-role helicopter able to satisfy a wide range of missions including passenger transport, law enforcement, air ambulance, coast guard, border patrol and advanced training.
Source: Mauritanian Air Force Orders Two AW109 Powers
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