Tokyo Metropolitan Police orders two Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW109 Trekkers
Italian aerospace, defence and Security Company Leonardo-Finmeccanica has secured an order to deliver two new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police law-enforcement fleet.
With the procurement of the two helicopters, Tokyo Metropolitan Police will become the first Asian law enforcement agency to operate this type of chopper.
The AW109 Trekker is expected to receive civil certification by the end of this year, with deliveries of the two choppers scheduled to take place by next year.
Designed for utility, public services and aerial work operations, AgustaWestland light twin-engine helicopter was first unveiled in February 2014.
Capable of offering skid landing gear, the AW109 Trekker has a maximum take-off weight of 3,175kg (7,000lb) and can cruise at a top speed of 168k (311km/h).
Equipped with glass cockpit and integrated avionics, the helicopter can accommodate up to six passengers or one stretcher with three/four medical attendants or two stretchers and two medical attendants.
It can be deployed for a wide range of roles and is suitable for EMS, utility, SAR, law enforcement, surveillance and passenger transport applications.
The Italian aerospace company has already received more than 20 orders for AW109 Trekkers from customers across the globe.
Leonardo Helicopters said that its range of helicopters have seen continuous success in the Japanese market. So far, it has sold more than 150 helicopters in this region.
Additionally, more than 80 AW109 series helicopters are in service or on order in Japan, with more than 40 for law enforcement applications including the AW109, GrandNew, AW139 and AW101 models.
Image: Leonardo-Finmeccanica has secured an order to deliver two new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. Photo: Courtesy of Leonardo - Finmeccanica - Società per azioni.