The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) and Korea’s Seoul Fire Department have added Leonardo’s AW189 super medium helicopters to their fire-fighting fleets, and Leonardo will also soon be delivering the aircraft to the Tokyo Fire Department in Japan.
Leonardo notes that Asia Pacific is the fastest growing market for helicopters globally, with public utility operations such as firefighting, search and rescue (SAR) and disaster relief capabilities quickly expanding. Leonardo already has an impressive fleet of helicopters across countries in the region and is leading in the markets of Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Australia, and Leonardo’s AW139, AW169 and AW189 are rapidly becoming a standard for emergency management in Asia.
Leonardo continues to play a major role in the Malaysian helicopter market, expanding its presence and increasing its capabilities through a continued plan of investment. With a regional hub for customer support and training near Kuala Lumpur, Leonardo has been present in the region for many years, with hundreds of helicopters performing missions such as offshore and passenger transport, utility, homeland security, law enforcement, SAR, emergency medical services, maritime patrol, military naval roles and armed reconnaissance. Additionally, Leonardo is providing a range of security and defence capabilities to the Malaysian Government and products such as air traffic control systems to commercial customers.