The US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has ordered two AW139s from Leonardo.
The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West Coast at Henderson airport in Nevada. NNSA helicopters are equipped with a variety of sensors that relay date back to NNSA headquarters while covering high profile events that include the Super Bowl, in addition to aiding the Federal Emergency Management Agency during disaster relief. The NNSA AW139s will serve two main purposes; search and rescue (SAR) and disaster topography scans.
Both aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2024.
“This contract with NNSA further strengthens our relationship with the US Government,” says Leonardo president Clyde Woltman. “We look forward to delivering more aircraft to aid in the security of the United States."
The AW139’s rapid response, effective search and surveillance capabilities, coupled with its ability to stay in flight longer makes it an ideal choice for the NNSA. The AW139 delivers these capabilities along with class-leading performance that includes outstanding technology and safety. Its integrated avionics system will enable the NNSA to gain the maximum benefits from its sensors and comprehensive communications suite.