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Friday, July 31, 2009

Trinidad & Tobago Orders Multirole AW139s

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has purchased four AgustaWestland AW139s. The country’s Air Guard (TTAG) will use the AW139s for various missions, including law enforcement, search and rescue (SAR), disaster relief, surveillance and drug interdiction. Worth around $348 million, the agreement signifies the establishment of the first SAR helicopter unit in Trinidad and Tobago. AW will partner with Bristow Caribbean, UK-based FB Heliservices and Helidex of East Rutherford, N.J. to manage the AW139s. Training will primarily take place in Italy, the UK and the United States. Operations will be carried out from Piarco Intl Airport and from offshore patrol vessels, in partnership with the Coast Guard.
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