The Armed Forces of Malta’s (AFM) second AW-139 twin-engine helicopter landed at Luqa this afternoon. The helicopter, which is to be registered AS1429, will be used to perform border control tasks and SAR missions. Together with the AFM’s first twin-engine helicopter, it will help strengthen the AFM’s capabilities through the External Borders Fund 2007-2013.
The AW139 has a maximum speed of 193 mph, a range of almost 600 miles, and service ceiling of 20,000 feet. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment package for maritime
patrol and SAR missions that includes a high-definition FLIR system,
search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search
light, satellite communication system, a four-axis autopilot with SAR
modes, external rescue hoist and four bag floatation system. This state of the art intermediate twin-engine helicopter features
the largest cabin in its category for greater mission flexibility and
comfort. (Source: timesofmalta.com)