Italy has received its first AW139 medium twin helicopter from AgustaWestland, which will be used on coastguard operations.

The new AW139 will carry out a wide range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services.

The medium-sized twin-engined helicopter will provide maritime patrol and SAR services around the Italian coastline and in its maritime economic exclusive zone.

The helicopter features a wide range of SAR equipment including wire strike protection system, search / weather radar, night sun searchlight, emergency floatation systems, and an advanced cockpit with fully integrated avionics system and automatic flight control system.

Italy is scheduled to receive three additional AW139 maritime helicopters in the near future.