AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has announced that the Public Security Bureau of Nanning (Southern China) has ordered one AW109 Power light twin engine helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform a number of roles also including law enforcement and civil protection/disaster relief across the Nanning province.
The AW109 Power has been selected thanks to its outstanding performance, operational capabilities, safety and ease of maintenance following a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process for the supply of a new helicopter to serve the Nanning community. The Public Security Bureau of Nanning province has a requirement for additional helicopters and the purchase of the AW109 Power is the first step to enhance public security capabilities and operational effectiveness through the acquisition of modern platforms.
This latest contract confirms AgustaWestland products as the civil helicopters of choice for law enforcement and public utility duties in China, and further expands the already relevant presence in this market where the company has found a rapidly growing success with other sales logged for the AW109 Power, but also for the AW119 single engine and the AW139 medium twin models. Nanning Public Security Bureau adds to the Beijing, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Dailian Public Security Bureau, as law enforcement operators in China using AgustaWestland helicopters.
The 8-seat AW109 Power is a highly versatile twin engine helicopter used for a wide range of roles and offers the highest levels of performance with low operating costs. The ability to change the interior configuration provides exceptional versatility to support the different law enforcement roles. With a maximum cruise speed of 154 kts (285 Km/h) and a range of 512 nm (948 km), the AW109 Power offers superior rapid reaction capabilities, surveillance area coverage and in-flight endurance.
The law enforcement-configured AW109 Power has proven itself in service, meeting the stringent demands of police agencies worldwide in terms of performance, safety, reliability and mission effectiveness. Other roles the AW109 Power is widely used for include VIP/corporate transport, harbour pilot shuttle, emergency medical services. Over 470 AW109 Powers have been ordered by customers in almost 50 countries.