The first of four Agusta Wesland AW139 was handed over to the Air Corps in Italy yesterday. The photos of the new machine can be seen in the photo gallery by clicking http://www.flyinginirelandmagazine.com/ ... p?album=11
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http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles/20 ... AW139.html
Interestingly, the article also looks at the next priority on the IAC's shopping list, the replacement of the C172s; the Caravan and PC6 are being looked at (I guess the PC6 makes sense, given that there must be commonality on some level with the trainers). Next after that is the need for access to strategic airlift capacity to support its international peacekeeping activities. Well, that can wait for a moment, since we're not going back to Beirut yet! However, I have heard of interest in the C-27 Spartan, although I think that the C-295 is probably more likely (or less unlikely, given that the Dept of Finance will have to have the funds prized from its cold, dead hands ...)
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Next after that is the need for access to strategic airlift capacity to support its international peacekeeping activities
Unfortunately it'll not be C-17s and KC-10s
Case in point... the Danes had one such machine operating in the Aceh Tsunami response. The finance is there, will the mandarins have the vision?
We'll leave strategic airlift to someone else for the time being...
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