AgustaWestland, October 03, 2005 - AgustaWestland, Inc. (AWI), headquartered in Reston, Virginia and L-3 Communications Integrated Systems (L-3/IS) of Waco, Texas, have announced their partnership and product entry in the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) competition at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual meeting in Washington D.C. Prime contractor AWI and principal partner L-3/IS will offer the US139 to the Army for LUH. The US139 is a customized, non-developmental variant of the modern, FAA certified, AB139 twin-engine helicopter now in service worldwide. It has the most spacious, functional and flexible cabin in its class, capable of carrying 15 passengers or 4 stretchers with 6 passengers. The US139 is capable of cruising in excess of 165 knots with a useful load of more than 6,000 lbs “ designed from its inception as the replacement to the UH-1 "Huey."
L-3/IS will perform final assembly and customization of Government specific avionics for the US139 helicopter at their Waco, Texas location utilizing Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma facilities designed and laid out for this effort. In addition, L-3/IS will provide Contractor Logistic Support for the US139 LUH fleet. L-3/IS has modified more than 15,000 aircraft of more than 125 types. It provides contractor logistics support for approximately 40 percent of the U.S. Army aviation fleet as well as a majority of the rotary-wing training platforms used across the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. L-3 Integrated Systems also provides depot “ and intermediate-level maintenance for Army National Guard and Department of Homeland Security Customs & Border Protection rotary-wing helicopters.
AgustaWestland has assembled a world-class industrial team to produce, deliver and support the US139. Supporting AWI and L-3/IS in this program are two of the industries finest major systems suppliers: Pratt &Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Honeywell. P&WC will supply the US139 with its powerful, reliable PT6C-67C turboshaft engines equipped with a Digital Engine Electronic Control. Honeywell will provide the Primus Epic integrated avionics system for the US139. In addition to its outstanding performance, capability and size, the US139 is compliant to the new demanding FAR/JAR 29 standards. It also offers true Category A Performance certification, meaning that it's capable of flying away at max gross weight on only one engine. The US139 has tremendous growth potential â€“ able to exceed today's requirements with the flexibility to meet the demands of the future. Together this US139 team offers the most capable, responsive, survivable, reliable and supportable LUH helicopter to the US Army.