AgustaWestland has won a €260 million ($410 million) contract to supply 18 AW139 medium twin helicopters to the Qatar Emiri Air Force which will operate them in support of various Government Agencies to perform several roles including utility, troop transport, search and rescue, border patrol, special forces operations, law enforcement and homeland security duties. The contract includes crew training and initial spares package.
The AW139 can be configured to carry 8 to 15 troops in its eight cubic metre cabin. It has a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots (306 km/h) and a maximum range in excess of 570 nm (1060 km) with auxiliary fuel, AgustaWestland says.
The military-configured AW139 has already been ordered by the Irish Air Corps and the UAE Armed Forces.
Irish Air Corps AW139. Photo: Irish Defence Forces