AgustaWestland, October 02, 2003 - AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica and GKN company, has been awarded a contract by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence for the supply of eleven Agusta A109 Light Observation Helicopter (LOH) together with an initial product support and training package. The aircraft will be operated by Malaysian Army Aviation.
The contract is worth more than 70 Million US$ and includes a substantial package of Transfer of Technology to the Malaysian Industries.
The A109 LOH, a version of the well known A109 LUH, has been selected as the best cost effective machine upon a rigorous process of evaluation run by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence against several competitors.
The primary purpose of the LOH is to serve as a cost efficient system for observation, reconnaissance, tactical transport and area suppression missions.
The selection of the A109 helicopter by Malaysian Army Aviation follows the aircraft's successes with the South African and Sweden Armed Forces, and established the A109 LUH, with 61 units ordered till now, as the foremost light twin engine helicopter for military utility and advanced training purposes. It provides further testimony of the A109 LUH's competitiveness, versatility and performance.