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Italian services swell AW139 fleets for patrol and SAR
The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2018, while the Italian Customs and Border Protection Service (Guardia di Finanza) has ordered six to perform patrol operations, with deliveries to be completed by 2020.
Read this story in our February 2018 printed issue.

The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search and rescue missions, with deliveries to be completed by the end of 2018, while the Italian Customs and Border Protection Service (Guardia di Finanza) has ordered six to perform patrol operations, with deliveries to be completed by 2020. The contracts for the eight aircraft are valued at close to $134 million.

With these aircraft deliveries, which replace existing AB412 aircraft, both operators will each have a fleet of 14 AW139s. Having taken delivery of its first AW139 in 2010, the Italian Coast Guard recently passed the 10,000 flight hours milestone with the type. The Guardia di Finanza has been operating its 139s since 2009 for a range of roles including mountain and maritime patrol and reconnaissance, law enforcement, SAR and homeland security.

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