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Pakistan to acquire AW139 helicopters from Italy

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The AW139 helicopter. A Leonardo-Finmeccanica photo

ROME (BNS): Pakistan has ordered an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters from Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccanica group.

The contract was signed in Islamabad in the presence of Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo.

The contract is part of a fleet renewal programme spread over several batches including a logistic support and training package.

The AW139s, deliveries of which are expected in 2017, will be used to perform search and rescue across the nation, Leonardo-Finmeccanica said on May 24.

A total of 11 AW139s are already in service in Pakistan, with 5 aircraft operated for Government relief and transportation duties.

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