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Latvia orders additional AW helicopters for State Border Guard

Rome, Italy - Two AW-119Kx aircraft will join two AW-109 Powers in 2019

Leonardo announces that the State Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two AW-119Kx single engine helicopters plus option for an additional unit, customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services. The aircraft will be delivered from the Company’s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transport, firefighting and disaster relief; replacing two ageing AB-206B JetRangers. This order marks a further expansion of the State Border Guard’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters, adding to two AW-109 Power light twins which have been successfully in service for the last ten years. The AW-119Kx was chosen following a thorough assessment of competing types within the framework of the Ministry of the Interior’s helicopter fleet modernisation programme. The combination of AW-109 Power and AW-119Kx aircraft will boost the State Border Guard’s mission capabilities and versatility for round-the-clock day/night operations. The AW-119Kx is a "best" in class single engine helicopter featuring a state-of-the-art avionics system for enhanced situational awareness, mission effectiveness and safety. The model has a large cabin able to accommodate up to six passengers and redundancy of all critical systems that are typically available on twin engine aircraft. Nearly 300 AW-119 helicopters have been ordered to date in almost 40 countries by over 120 customers. The new AW-119Kx is suited to perform many roles (law enforcement, EMS, utility, fire-fighting, VIP/Corporate transport, training and government duties). Several law enforcement operators in the USA, China, Republic of Korea, Finland, and Brazil have already chosen the AW-119.

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