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Slovenia Buys Six Italian AW139M Multi-Function Helicopters for $205M

The Slovenian navy is modernizing its helicopter fleet with the acquisition of six AW139M multi-role choppers from Italy.

Introduced Tuesday, the 188-million-euro ($205-million) contract was signed by Slovenian protection minister Marjan Šarec and his Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto.

In keeping with the Slovenian protection ministry, the choice to acquire the navy model of the AW139 was made following analysis and evaluation of the plane’s capabilities and efficiency.

The AW139M is anticipated to bolster the operational effectivity of the Slovenian Air Drive amid growing threats within the area.

Ljubljana says it’s going to coordinate with the federal government of Italy early subsequent 12 months for the precise supply timeline.

Supporting Numerous Missions

Manufactured by Leonardo, the AW139M is reportedly designed to the most recent security requirements to assist varied missions.

It will possibly accommodate as much as 15 troopers or 10 fully-equipped squaddies.

The chopper additionally boasts an built-in digital avionics system with a four-axis Digital Automated Flight Management System for improved efficiency.

Moreover, the AW139M presents versatility and “distinctive” survivability, because of its low visible, thermal, and acoustic signature.

The helicopter shall be used to hold out tactical troop transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and particular forces operations.