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Thursday, September 1, 2011

AgustaWestland Receives UK Loan

The UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has issued a £22-million ($36-million) loan to Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland for continued development of its AW169 program. The loan allows AgustaWestland to expand its Yeovil facility to include AW169 fight testing and training. The plant will add the design, development and manufacturing of rotor blades, intermediate and tail gearboxes and tail rotor hubs, to its roster as well. AgustaWestland has also sold its first AW169s in the UK—two for the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) in England. The EMS-configured helicopters will be delivered to WNAA in 2015. WNAA currently flies an AW109E Power.

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