in Aerospace / Security

Leonardo awarded Guardia di Finanza contract for 22 AW169Ms

Posted 15 November 2018 · Add Comment

Leonardo has signed a contract with Italyís Guardia di Finanza for 22 new generation AW169M twin engine helicopters.

The contract, valued at 280 million euro, includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional 100 million euro. Deliveries are expected to start in summer 2019 and to be completed by 2024.

The aircraft will be used to perform a range of roles including patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, rescue and homeland security, complementing a fleet of 14 AW139 intermediate twins, six of which are already in service and the following eight due to be delivered in 2019.

“This contract will allow us to deliver the Guardia di Finanza a new generation helicopter with the best technologies available, to perform missions which are getting more and more complex and challenging. Our ability to provide state-of-the-art  products to meet the requirements of Italian government agencies and armed forces, for the security of our nation, is the result of Leonardo’s leading edge technology and innovation”, said Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO.

The AW169Ms of Guardia di Finanza will receive a military qualification by the Italian Directorate of Air Armaments (ARMAEREO) and will feature a dedicated configuration including rescue hoist, emergency floatation system and life rafts, wire cutters, TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), NVG (Night Vision Goggle) compatible cockpit, HTAWS (Helicopter Terrain Awareness Warning System), advanced communication system, OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System), advanced HUMS (Health Usage Monitoring System), AFCS (Automatic Flight Control System) with SAR modes, searchlight, ice detector, fast roping and satcom.

The aircraft will be also fitted with a range of Leonardo systems such as RW ATOS (Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance) system with advanced operator console, Gabbiano radar, LEOSS (Long Range Electro-Optical Surveillance System), M428 IFF transponder, V/UHF radio systems cockpit panels and lighting and provisions for SPHYDER (Smart Processing Hyperspectral Detection and Reconnaissance System).

The contract for the AW169M by Guardia di Finanza follows the success of the AW169 type in Italy for emergency medical services with various operators across the nation. It also follows the success of the AW169 for law enforcement in Europe and the Americas.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

UKís first digital air traffic control centre opens at Cranfield

Cranfield Airportís new Digital Air Traffic Control Centre was today officially opened by the Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg.

Airbus and Eutelsat deal draws on UK satellite expertise

A new multi-million-pound deal signed today by European businesses Eutelsat and Airbus, will see satellite components and major parts assembled in the UK.

Virgin Galactic completes historic first spaceflight

History was made yesterday as Virgin Galacticís SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight.

WYG becomes first DIO ISO 44001 certified contractor

Award-winning professional services firm WYG has achieved ISO 44001 certification for its work on the Army Basing Programme (ABP) for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

Gatwick welcomes over 3m passengers in record-breaking November

Growth in long-haul routes helped London Gatwick surpass three million passengers last month Ė the first time it has ever reached that milestone in the month of November Ė as overall traffic at the airport grew by +5.7% year-on-year.

Dave Todd appointed as Paragon's Engineering Ops Manager

North East-based Paragon Rapid Technologies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dave Todd as Operations Manager for its Engineering division.

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
SMINCW1210050218Aviation Africa 2019Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Management