Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced that the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter showed outstanding hot and high altitude performance and mission capabilities during recent trials in Pakistan.

The trials were conducted in the central desert area of Multan, where temperatures touched 49 °C, and in the northern areas of the Karakoram range where the helicopter demonstrated its operational capabilities in hot and high environments.

The flights performed in the high temperature desert areas included demonstrations of the aircraft tactical low level flight capabilities and the ability to shut down and restart engines in just one minute.

The helicopter was trialed a fully mission equipped configuration, including a passenger transport layout with up to 12 seats, air conditioning, a comprehensive avionic package encompassing TCAS II (Traffic Collision Avoidance System), HF radio, plus rescue hoist and cargo hook provisions.

AW139_Trials b(Leonardo-Finmeccanica).

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