Australian Defence Forces Adds Two AW139s

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Two ex-factory (brand new) Agusta AW139s will go to the land down under Toll Helicopters’ orders for the Australian Defence Forces.

These new helicopters will serve as a supplement to a fleet of three AW139s, which is currently assisting the missions of the Australian government, including pilot and personnel training, utility works and support, flying on disaster relief missions, medical evacuations, and support the forces ad hoc roles.

The AW139s play an important role in uplifting the capabilities of the Australian Defence Forces. 

Why the AW139?

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There are over 60 aircraft selected by numerous rotorcraft operators in the country, the AW139, yet again has proven to be one of the most sought-after machines in the market.

The helicopter is easily adaptable for missions, such as  Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement, offshore, and defense.

AW139 a Proven Machine

The AW139 is in great demand globally and has been proven popular with many military forces and operators worldwide.

Originating from Italy, the AW139 helicopter is perfectly designed and crafted with safety, sleekness, and quality in mind.

Leonardo & Australia

The Italian manufacturer announced today it will expand its fleet of AW139 twin-engined helicopters in the land of the down under, as the country’s top operator Toll Helicopters announced the purchasing of two units.

The helicopters destined for Australia will be ferried from their final assembly line in the Vergiate facility in Italy, in the second halls of 2023, and will increase Toll’s fleet to 12.

The newly ordered AW139s will be located with the 1st Aviation Regiment in Darwin and the Army Commercial Helicopter program currently based out of the 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville. These regiments support the ‘Crash Response Helicopter Service’ program.

Always Mission Ready

With the aircraft coming to Australia, to assist the defense forces, the aircraft will be equipped with notable features including a searchlight, hoist, cargo hook, and provisions for EO/IR equipment, for the missions demanded by the Australian Government.

The Agusta Westland helicopter has been many times chosen by several state governments to carry out numerous missions which would aid the mission of a government.

Agusta Westland and the world

Agusta Westland sold over 1,130 helicopters that are in service with more than 28 customers in 90 countries. In combination, over 3.6 million flights have been logged since 2004, when it had been certified.

The helicopter is equipped with the most advanced avionics technology to maximize efficiency and safety. Agusta also provides VIP configurations, namely the 109 and 139 series.

About Toll Helicopters

Toll Helicopters is a Brisbane-based company that specializes in providing helicopter services and training for Government, Defence, and the civil sector. The toll is also a proud Leonardo Authorised Training Centre and the only Leonardo-approved AW139 full flight simulator in Australasia. 

The additional ordering of the two Agusta AW139s to Australia shows that Leonardo is still a preferred helicopter OEM in the region, and proves that it is one of the best-selling helicopter brands in the world.

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