South Tangerang – On Monday, February 22nd, 2016, located in the hangar of PT Indopelita Aircraft Services in Pondok Cabe Airfield, was introduced the new helicopter AW 139 SAR belongs to BASARNAS.
This helicopter was produced in Italy, and had completed the assembly process which was fully carried out by subsidiary of PT. Pelita Air Service (PT PAS), namely PT Indopelita Aircraft Services (PT IAS).
It is an honor, where PT IAS managed to assemble a helicopter, which had undergone numerous tests and flight test and also got the military certification. PT IAS also cooperates with Finmeccanica in the maintenance of the aircraft.
The cooperation between both companies began in March 2015, when BASARNAS had signed a contract with Finmeccanica, an Agusta Westland helicopter manufacturing company, for the purchase of AW139 helicopters for search and rescue operational purposes. This agreement covers the training of air crews and technicians, as well as initial support package including rescue hoist, radar, cabin console and other rescue equipment.
SAR Helicopter AW139 is a medium class helicopter that is reliable and has twin-engines, which will strengthen the search and rescue operations in difficult terrain to reach both on land and at sea. With the ability to Search and Rescue (SAR) best-in-class, AW139 SAR has a passenger capacity of up to 15 people or 5 stretchers, and is capable of flying at speeds up to 310 kilometers per/hour, a distance of up to 1,250 kilometers with a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet, and endurance to fly up 6 hours to cope with the long search time.
Congratulations on the achievements that have been achieved by PT IAS, which continues to develop its market in diversified sustainable services.