You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Pakistan to buy AW139 helicopters from Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccanica

Pakistan already operates 11 AW139 helicopters


Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Pakistan to buy AW139 helicopters from Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccanica

has signed a deal with Italy-based aerospace giant Leonardo-Finmeccanica for purchasing an undisclosed number of helicopters for search and rescue operations.

The contract for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters was signed in Islamabad in the presence of Italy's Ambassador to Stefano Pontecorvo, the company said in a statement yesterday.

The Express Tribune reported that the contract is part of a fleet renewal programme spread over several batches and includes a logistic support and training packages.

Deliveries of the AW139 helicopters, which will be used for search and rescue duties, are expected to begin in 2017.

already operates 11 AW139 helicopters, five of which are used by the government for civil protection and transport tasks.

The AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined helicopter used by some 38 countries in a variety of roles such as law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, disaster relief, maritime patrol and fire-fighting.

The aircraft has a service ceiling of around 20,000 feet which allows it to be used for high-altitude rescues.

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, May 26 2016. 14:57 IST