It is a twin-engined medium-sized helicopter with 15 seats. It was developed in the 1990s, first by the Italian manufacturer Agusta and by the U.S. manufacturer Bell Helicopter jointly under the name of AB139. After the departure of Bell Agusta introduced after the merger with the British company Westland the project under the name AgustaWestland AW139 continue alone.
The maiden flight of the AW139 prototype took place on 3 February 2001 in the northern Italian Vergiate instead, the first production aircraft flew on 24 June 2004, the first machine was delivered a year later. By the end of 2008 more than 430 orders were ( about 200 shipped ) from more than 40 countries. Since May 2010 is an optional de-icing system available.
A military version of the AB139, the enlarged AgustaWestland AW149 something ( 16.91 m long, 5.05 m high) is currently in development. The twenty-minute maiden flight of the first prototype took place on 13 November 2009. The first flight of the second prototype with the later series engines General Electric CT7 - 2E1 and FADEC was held in 2010. The Polish Army will procure about 40 AW149. The delivery of the helicopter is scheduled for 2014.
The AW189 is a further development of the AW149 and was introduced to the public in June 2011 for the first time. The helicopter for 18 passengers powered by two General Electric CT7 - 2E1, has an APU, and is regarded as a competitor for the Eurocopter EC 175. The first flight of the prototype took place on the premises of AgustaWestland, Cascina Costa in Samarate on 21 December 2011. The approval by EASA CS 29 and FAA Part 29 was achieved on 7 February 2014 and the first deliveries scheduled to begin in 2014.
The AW 139 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C - 67C turboshaft engines. The main rotor consists of five blades, the torque balance assumes a vierblätteriger tail rotor. Parts of the AW 139 are manufactured at the Polish aircraft manufacturer PZL; the assembly of the helicopter takes place in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. In June 2010, a cooperation agreement with Russian Helicopters was announced to make the helicopter in the Russian city of Tomilino.
- 6 × AW139 are operated by Irish Air Corps
- 4 × AW139 were appointed by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force ( TTAG )
- 8 × have been ordered for the Luftwaffe in the UAE for VIP transport
- Australia ( Queensland Government )
- China ( Beijing Municipal Public Safety Bureau)
- Estonia (border guards )
- India ( Government of Andhra Pradesh )
- Italy ( Coast Guard )
- Japan ( the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, Coast Guard )
- Malaysia ( Maritime Enforcement Agency )
- Namibia (Government Air Transport Unit)
- Netherlands ( Corps Landelijke Politiediensten )
- Oman (Police)
- Pakistan ( Armed Forces )
- Spain ( Coast Guard )
- South Korea ( Coast Guard )
- United States ( U.S. Customs and Border Protection )
- Cyprus ( National Guard )
The AW139 participated in a tender for the U.S. Army for its Light Utility Helicopter Program, subject here, however, against the Eurocopter EC145 (UH -72A Lakota ).