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Exclases Russia signs contract for AW139 helicopters

AW139 Helicopters. Photo: Russian Helicopters.

MOSCOW (BNS): HeliVert and Exclases Russia have signed a contract for the supply of five AW139 helicopters.

The helicopters will be assembled at the HeliVert plant in Tomilino near Moscow. HeliVert is a Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture.

This contract which includes a mix of five VIP and utility-configured helicopters follows the first contract signed between HeliVert and Exclases Russia for Russian-built AW139 helicopters.

Combining a streamlined fuselage, latest avionic equipment, spacious cabin and low acoustic signature, the AW139 sets a new standard in the market according to Russian Helicopters.

The medium multi-role helicopter is superior to all other twin-engine helicopters in its class in terms of speed, flight characteristics and passenger cabin size, it added.

The AW139 has a maximum cruise speed of 306 km/h and it is the only helicopter in its weight class that can be equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS), which makes it possible to fly into known icing conditions.

The AW139 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turboshaft engines, equipped with full-authority digital engine controls (FADEC) and each rated at 1,679 SHP for take-off.

The maximum take-off weight is 6400 kg with an option of 6800 kg. The helicopter is configured for one or two pilots and can carry up to 15 passengers or 6-8 passengers in VIP/corporate transport configuration.

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