The Polícia Rodoviária Federal (PRF) of Brazil will soon introduce six Leonardo AW119Kx single engine helicopters into service. The first aircraft will be operational beginning next year, with the delivery of the remainder helicopters to the operator planned to be completed by mid-2021.
The AW119Kxs will be operated by the Air Operations Division (DOA) from its bases in the five Regions of Brazil to perform a range of missions including transport, rescue, emergency medical service, firefighting, surveillance and law enforcement.
The handover of the helicopters will further expand the fleet of Leonardo helicopters used by law enforcement, rescue and public service operators across Brazil,hich already includes the AW119 single engine type in addition to the AW109 light twin and AW139 intermediate twin models. The helicopters will feature an advanced customized configuration including, among others, a Garmin G1000NXi glass cockpit, an infrared capable electro-optics system, rescue hoist, cargo hook, bambi bucket to counter fires, rappelling kit on both sides for special forces operations, advanced communication systems.
There are over 190 Leonardo helicopters of various types operating in Brazil currently performing many roles including: corporate/private transport, law enforcement, public services, offshore transport, and naval applications. The company is establishing a regional support center, run by Leonardo do Brasil, in Itapevi, 30 km from São Paulo; the groundbreaking took place in February this year. The new facility will expand the services already provided by the existing facility headquartered in São Paulo.
Over 350 AW119 helicopters have been ordered by over 130 customers in 40 countries. A number of law enforcement, public service agencies or armed forces around the world have chosen or are already using the AW119 in countries such as Brazil, USA, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Portugal, Finland, Latvia. A variant of the AW119 was selected by the United States Navy in January to train the country’s next-generation of naval aviators.
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