AgustaWestland is building the new AW-159

20.06.2009 Europe

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AgustaWestland is assembling the first of three developmental AW-159 helicopter (WILDCAT according to the British MoD designation), the heir of the LYNX. The new 6-tons helicopter will have the same dynamic components of its ancestor, coupled with new fuselage, engines and avionics.

The first AW-159, due to carry out its maiden flight in next November, will explore the flight envelope, while the second prototype will test the avionics and the third one will be used to verify the performances. Series production AW-159 should be delivered starting in 2011, with full operational service from 2014 in the British Army (34 helicopters) and from 2015 in the Royal Navy (28 helicopters).

The first of four fast patrol boat Type SAETTIA Mk-IV, the FATEH, was delivered to the Iraqi Navy by Fincantieri on last May, 15th, and left La Spezia bound to the Umm-Kashar, near Basra, where she will be based together with her sister boats.     



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