Leonardo Helicopters has delivered an initial pair of AW139 intermediate-twins to Italy’s Vigili del Fuoco national fire service.

Part of a three-unit deal signed last year worth €45 million, the contract also includes 12 options as the operator begins to replace its current fleet of Agusta-Bell AB412 helicopters.

AW139 Vigili del Fuoco

Leonardo Helicopters

A third example will be handed over to the Vigili del Fuoco later this year, the manufacturer says.

The helicopters are configured for search and medical rescue, firefighting and disaster relief operations.

Source: FlightGlobal.com