AgustaWestland and Exclases Holdings have announced that 3 AW139s will be introduced into service in Russia to perform special security missions. These aircraft, which will be operated by a government agency, are scheduled to enter operational service in 2013. This order marks the entrance of the AW139 into the Russian parapublic helicopter market. The model is already operational in Russia for VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport and utility missions.
MD Helicopters announced on Jul 11 that Kansas City Police Dept will take delivery of 3 new MD500Es during 3Q2012. The helicopters will add support to the Police Patrol Support Unit and enhance the unit's ability to perform airborne law enforcement. They will be equipped with infrared cameras, video downlink, NVG compatible cockpits, high powered searchlights and a mapping system.
Metro Aviation delivered the 2nd EC135T2+ to the Massachusetts State Police in late June. The first aircraft was delivered late last year. This aircraft is similar to the first with an added Helinet downlink system and an aft fuselage mounted Spectrolab SX16 Nightsun searchlight.
AgustaWestland Malaysia and Malaysia Airport Holdings (MAHB) signed a long-term lease agreement on Jul 9 for a new facility at the Malaysia Intl Aerospace Centre at SZB (Subang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Construction of the new facility at the helicopter center will commence in 4Q2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
Sikorsky Aircraft announced on Jul 9 that the Royal Thai Army has signed a letter of offer and acceptance to acquire 2 UH60M Black Hawks through the US Government's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel. On delivery, Thailand will become the first member of the Assn of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to fly the latest version of the UH60 as operated by the US Army.
On Jul 9, Sikorsky announced that the US Army and Navy have signed an $8.5-billion contract to buy a baseline quantity of 653 Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters through Dec 2017. The 5-year agreement also allows the Army and Navy to order as many as 263 more aircraft within the same contractual terms. If exercised, these options could push the contract value as high as $11.7 billion.
Russian Helicopters announced on Jun 21 the early completion of its contract to supply 5 SAR helicopters to the Russian Emergencies Ministry. All 5 machines are fitted with medical modules produced by the Kamov Design Bureau. It is planned that the helicopters will be used for patrolling the main road between Moscow and St Petersburg as part of the Ministry's road safety program for Russia's federal highways.