One of the firsts of Farnborough International Airshow 2012 was exhibited at the Finmeccanica pavilion, where a brand new Italian Air Force HH-139A (the military designation of the AW139 helicopter) can be seen.
The multipurpose chopper, one of the 10 the Italian Air Force has bought, is equipped with a brand new heavy duty landing gear, secure communications suite, integrated defensive aids suite, hoist, search light, wire cutters, nose mounted FLIR, cargo hook, loudspeaker system and emergency floatation gear and any other oddity required to perform “convetional” search and rescue, as well as Combat SAR missions in place of the ageing AB-212 and HH-3F.
However, it can do a bit more.
It can be equipped with two wing-mounted pods for 70 mm unguided rockets (12+3 in total), as the one used by the HH-139 CSX81798/15-42, an experimental machine in the colors of the 15° Stormo (Wing) based at Cervia.
- Airman dies after falling from an Italian Air Force helicopter involved in training activity. (theaviationist.com)
- Farnborough 2012: M-346 advanced combat trainer to be equipped with Brimstone fire and forget anti-armour missiles (theaviationist.com)
- Farnborough 2012 Photo: Malaysian Airlines Airbus 380 impressive flying display among the clouds (theaviationist.com)
- Farnborough 2012: Drone taking part to the Air Show breaks into three parts after landing (theaviationist.com)
- Farnborough 2012: MC-27J gunship Spartan launched by Alenia Aeronautica and ATK (theaviationist.com)