The Argentine Navy is preparing to acquire eight helicopters Leonardo AW-109 after signing a Letter of Intent during his visit to Italy. This acquisition will improve its surveillance capacity in maritime areas.
Integration of new helicopters into Ocean Patrol Vessels
With the purpose of strengthening the control capabilities of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and national maritime territories, the Argentina Army include the AW-109 helicopter in their Ocean Patrol Vessels (OPV). These aerial vehicles are designed for maritime operations.
Defense relations between the two countries began in 1992, with an agreement signed in Rome. This alliance, effective since 1997, promotes collaboration in the productive sector of the military and the acquisition of defense equipment. In his recent visit, Minister Taiana and his Italian counterpart, Guido Crosetto, discussed strengthening this cooperation, including support for Antarctic operations.
Leonardo AW-109: Features and versatility
Originally known as the Agusta A109, the Leonardo AW-109 It is a multipurpose twin-engine helicopter of Italian origin. As the first serial helicopter in Italy, its production has endured under the control of Leonardo SpA, who merged with Finmeccanica in 2016. This helicopter, with capacity for eight occupants, can perform many tasks, including surveillance and search and rescue missions. (HE).
Equipped with tools such as a side winch, the AW-109 It presents itself as a valuable ally in emergency situations. With the capacity to carry eight people and reach 574 kilometers, its acquisition marks a significant development for the Argentine Navy. This addition not only strengthens the protection of its waters, but also shows the country’s commitment to strengthening its defense and cooperation in regional security.