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South Africa signs AW109 support deal

South Africa has awarded AgustaWestland a new in-service support deal linked to its air force fleet of 30 AW109 light utility helicopters. "The annual contract includes the provision for it to be extended for up to five years," the Finmeccanica company said in a statement.

"Under the contract, AgustaWestland will be responsible for the delivery and provision of spares, support equipment [and] D-level maintenance, as well as component repair and overhaul services," the company says.



Announced during the Africa Aerospace & Defence show staged near Pretoria from 19-23 September, the new arrangement will enhance aircraft availability and provide "through-life support cost savings to the customer," says Patrick Chabrat, AgustaWestland's head of regional sales.

South Africa's AW109 fleet was delivered between 2005 and 2009, as recorded in Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database. Several of the aircraft were assembled by Denel.