First AW139 assembled in Russia makes maiden flight

The first AW139 helicopter to be assembled in Russia has made its maiden flight.

It performed a successful take off and hover and is currently undergoing a programme of flight testing.

The second helicopter to be assembled by HeliVert – a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland – is expected to be in operation by February.

The AW139 is a medium-sized multi-role helicopter with a maximum cruise speed of 306km/h, maximum range in excess of 927km and a maximum flight time of five hours.