Austria Orders €304M for AW169M LUH Helicopter

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  • 12:50 PM, January 20, 2023
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Austria Orders €304M for AW169M LUH Helicopter
AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH)

Austria is exercising options for 18 additional AW169M Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) produced by Italian company Leonardo.

The contract was signed following the Italy-Austria Government-to-Government (G2G) Agreement amendment signed in December 2022, through which Austria is exercising options for these additional units.

This latest contract will bring to 36 the total number of AW169M LUHs for the Austrian Ministry of Defence. The first aircraft was delivered in December 2022.

Austrian crews have already been leveraging initial training supplied at Leonardo’s Training Academy in Sesto Calende (Italy) and will be supported by the Italian Army’s training capabilities as an AW169M LUH operator. Deliveries of all aircraft are expected to be completed by 2028.

The Italy-Austria G2G initiative is aimed at reinforcing the bilateral collaboration between the two countries and establishing a strategic partnership in the rotorcraft sector, with Austria looking at Italy and the AW169M LUH programme for its modernisation plan and the replacement of its ageing Alouette III aircraft fleet, which have been in service since the 1960s.

The AW169M LUHs will be able to carry out a wide range of missions such as troop transport, combat operations, disaster relief and emergency response, fire-fighting, mountain rescue and MEDEVAC.

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