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The certification of the AW189 in Russia opens up a further market for the “super medium” aircraft. AgustaWestland Photo
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced Aug. 26 that the new AW189 super medium twin-engine helicopter has obtained Russian civil certification. This achievement will allow the AW189 to be delivered to customers in Russia, opening up a further market for the AW189, which is already in service in various countries including UK, Denmark, UAE, Qatar, Malaysia. The AW189 is the market leader in its class due to its outstanding capacity and range, as well as its modern technology and meeting the very latest safety standards.
Civil certification of the AW189 in Russia follows the recent order for 10 units made by RN-Aircraft, a subsidiary of the oil company Rosneft, to perform transportation missions. Delivery of the aircraft will start at the end of 2015 and continue through 2017. Moreover, as already set out in the framework agreement signed in December 2014 and with the involvement of Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Rostec corporation, Rosneft plans to order up to 160 AW189 helicopters by 2025. The AW189 is perfectly suited to meet the evolving demand for this class of helicopter in the Russian market, which shows significant potential in the medium-to-long term.
With more than 150 helicopters already sold to customers worldwide, including orders, framework contracts and options, the 8.3/8.6 tonne AW189 is the most successful commercial helicopter in the ‘super medium’ category and is able to carry up to 19 passengers. Developed to respond to the growing market demand for a modern multirole helicopter with large capacity and long range capability, the AW189 meets the latest and most stringent certification and safety standards. The cockpit design, incorporating the latest in advanced situational awareness technologies, reduces crew workload and enhances safety.
The AW189 meets the very latest international regulatory safety requirements (EASA / FAA Part 29, JAR OPS 3 / EU-OPS). The AW189 is unique in having a 50 minute ‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification standards and offering unmatched safety and reliability for long range operations.
The AW189 super medium class helicopter builds on the outstanding features and capabilities which have made the AW139 the most successful helicopter in the intermediate category, but offers the Russian market extended range and larger capacity to meet the most demanding requirements over land and sea.
The AW189 is part of the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW169 and AW139 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality allows more cost effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight categories.