LATVIAâ€™S STATE Border Guard of Latvia has signed a contract for two single engine AW119Kx helicopters, with an option on a third.Â Announcing the deal on January 2, Leonardo said the contract also includes customised configuration and aircrew/maintenance technician training services.
The aircraft will be delivered from the Companyâ€™s facility in Philadelphia in 2019 and will perform a wide range of missions including search and rescue (SAR), transport, firefighting and disaster relief.Â They will replace two ageing Agusta-Bell AB206B JetRangers.
This order marks a further expansion of the State Border Guardâ€™s fleet of Leonardo helicopters, adding to two AW109 Power light twins which have been successfully in service for the last decade. Â The AW119Kx was chosen following a thorough assessment of competing types within the framework of the Ministry of the Interiorâ€™s helicopter fleet modernisation programme. Â The combination of AW109 Power and AW119Kx helicopters will boost the State Border Guardâ€™s mission capabilities and versatility for round-the-clock day/night operations.