Please Wait, Processing...

Please do not close or navigate away from this window while it is processing

Like most websites key.Aero uses cookies. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on key.Aero website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more


Third AW139 Delivered to the Armed Forces of Malta

AN ADDITIONAL AW139 has joined the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Air Wing, supplementing two already in service. The new helicopter, AS1630 (c/n 31625, ex I-PTFT), was delivered on September 22.


Newly delivered Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) AW139 AS1630 on display at the AFM Open Day at Luqa International Airport on October 11.

As previously reported within AirForces Monthly, an order for the AFM’s first AW139, which also included options on two more, had been announced on July 19, 2013. The first helicopter was then delivered to Malta on June 14, 2014, following which it was formally inaugurated into service on August 6 that year. AgustaWestland confirmed on April 10, 2014, that the first of the two options had been converted into a firm order. It was then delivered to Malta on December 18, 2014. Malta’s Home Affairs Minister, Carmelo Abela, had announced on July 6 last year that a contract had been signed for the third helicopter the previous week, converting the final option held on the original deal into a firm order.
The AW139s are used to perform maritime patrol, border control and search and rescue missions. Their equipment package includes a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, naval transponder, searchlight, cabin mission console, satellite communications system, four-axis autopilot with SAR mode, external rescue hoist and four-bag flotation system.

Filed Under Military Aviation News.


Bookmark and Share

Interested in Military Aviation?

No Comments

There have been no comments yet - be the first one to post

Your Thoughts

key.Aero reserve the right to edit or remove inappropriate comments

  • The first Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK – Turkish Air Force) Hercules to be modernised with new avionics under the Erciyes programme, C-130E 13188, seen during its hand-over ceremony at TAI’s facilities in Ankara on August 8.
  • Feature Highlight  

Most Read News...

Past Day

Past Week