The contract for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters was signed in Islamabad within the presence of Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, a press release launched by the aerospace firm mentioned. It added that the contract is a part of a fleet renewal programme unfold over a number of batches and features a logistic help and coaching packages.
Deliveries of the AW139 helicopters, which shall be used for search and rescue duties, are anticipated to start in 2017.
Pakistan already operates 11 AW139 helicopters, 5 of that are utilized by the federal government for civil safety and transport duties.
The AW139 is a 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined helicopter utilized by some 38 nations in a wide range of roles akin to regulation enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical providers, catastrophe reduction, maritime patrol and fire-fighting. The plane has a service ceiling of round 20,000 ft which permits it for use for high-altitude rescues.
Final June, the Pakistan Military needed to rescue a Japanese mountaineer who was injured in an avalanche whereas making an attempt to summit the Broad Peak. Later that 12 months, in July, the military needed to airlift an American mountaineer from the Ok-2 base camp after he suffered altitude-sickness.