The Slovenian military is modernizing its helicopter fleet with the acquisition of six AW139M multi-role choppers from Italy.
Announced Tuesday, the 188-million-euro ($205-million) contract was signed by Slovenian Defense Minister Marjan Šarec and his Italian counterpart Guido Crosetto.
According to the Slovenian defense ministry, the decision to procure the military version of the AW139 was made following evaluation and analysis of the aircraft’s capabilities and performance.
The AW139M is expected to bolster the operational efficiency of the Slovenian Air Force amid increasing threats in the region.
Ljubljana said it will coordinate with the government of Italy early next year for the exact delivery timeline.
Supporting Various Missions
Manufactured by Leonardo, the AW139M is designed to the latest safety standards to support various missions.
It can accommodate up to 15 soldiers or 10 fully-equipped infantrymen.
The chopper also boasts an integrated digital avionics system with a four-axis Digital Automatic Flight Control System for improved performance.
Additionally, the AW139M offers versatility and “exceptional” survivability, thanks to its low visual, thermal, and acoustic signature.
The helicopter will be used to carry out tactical troop transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, and special forces operations.