12-Nov-2010 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the General Security of Libya has taken delivery of its second AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. The aircraft is part of a total order for five AW139s sold in Libya to perform a range of roles also including border patrol and Search and Rescue and was delivered by the all new LIATECâ€™s (Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Company) facility at Abou Aisha airport. The start of deliveries for the General Securityâ€™s AW139s sets a major milestone in the cooperation of AgustaWestland with Libya through one of the most successful models in its large and complete product range.
The AW139 adds to other successful AgustaWestlandâ€™s types sold to Libya in recent years, namely the AW119Ke single engine for emergency medical service duties and the AW109 Power light twin for border patrol missions, and further expands the General Security AgustaWestland-made fleet which already includes ten AW109 Power helicopters. AgustaWestland boasts sales for over 20 helicopters of various types in Libya since 2006 as well as an industrial and maintenance services presence through LIATEC, a Joint Stock Company incorporated in Libya and established through an agreement signed in January 2006 by the three shareholders – Libyan Company for Aviation Industry (50%), Finmeccanica (25%) and AgustaWestland (25%).
Based 60 km South of Tripoli, the Abou Aisha facility was officially opened in April this year and includes final assembly lines for single and twin engine helicopters. The final assembly of helicopters expands on the existing maintenance and training activities performed by LIATEC. The new facility will also enable LIATEC to expand its support and maintenance capabilities for helicopters as well as for upgrading training and transport airplanes with the latest generation of avionic systems. LIATEC is also already offering maintenance and training services at its facility in Tajura, East of Tripoli, for rotary wing aircraft and aircrew. A comprehensive range of training services is being provided including basic, advanced, conversion to type and mission training for rotary and fixed wing pilots. Maintenance training for various platforms and systems is also being provided to aircraft technicians. Support services, covering the AW119Ke, AW109 family and AW139 helicopters, comprise a range of solutions including helicopter and airplane maintenance and refurbishment, overhaul and up-grades, helicopter interior refurbishment and spare parts supply, repair and overhaul as well as avionic and instrument maintenance.
LIATEC is also promoting industrial cooperation with local industries and with local universities in the field of research and development. LIATEC is hiring all of its personnel from within Libya and it is committed to improving local employment through the utilization of young engineers and specialists coming from Libyaâ€™s specialised schools and universities. LIATEC also intends to expand its influence by promoting its capabilities and products in Africa, opening a real â€˜Gateway to African Market.