AgustaWestland AW189 selected for U.K. search and rescue

  • 20-Apr-2013 07:30 EDT

The AW189’s aerodynamic shape and innovative rotor blade design result in low fuel consumption, contributing to outstanding range capability.

Bristow Helicopters Ltd., which has been awarded the contract by the U.K. Department for Transport to provide Search & Rescue (SAR) services to the U.K. for 10 years, has selected the AgustaWestland AW189 SAR variant as one of the central platforms for its SAR helicopter program. In addition to the aircraft, AgustaWestland will provide related training, maintenance, and support services. A total of 11 AW189s will be operated by Bristow in the U.K., with a phased-in starting period between 2015 and 2017. The program for AgustaWestland is valued at more than €275 million. The AW189 SAR helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW169 and AW139. These helicopters all possess the same flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy.

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