Qatar takes delivery of its first AW139
AgustaWestland announced that the Qatar Armed Forces has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held yesterday at Vergiate.
Giuseppe Orsi, Chief Executive Officer, AgustaWestland said “It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the handover of the first AW139 to such an important customer ahead of the planned delivery schedule.”
The aircraft will be operated by the Qatar Emiri Air Force supporting various government agencies to perform a range of roles including utility, troop transport, search and rescue, border patrol, special forces operations, law enforcement and homeland security.
A contract for 18 units was signed in August 2008 which also included crew training and an initial spares package. The Qatar Armed Forces becomes the third operator of military-configured AW139 helicopters following the Irish Air Corps and UAE Armed Forces.