Agusta 109 Power for the US Coast Guard

13/04/2000
Agusta, a Finmeccanica Company, has been awarded a contract by the United States Coast Guard calling for the supply of Agusta A109 Powers for the USCG's HITRON TEN program. (Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron TEN). The USCG's contract calls for 2 A109 Powers with an option for an additional 6 A109 Powers next year. Initial deliveries are scheduled for September 2000.
The contract was won by Agusta following a vigorous competition with other major helicopter manufacturers, and marks the first time Agusta has been selected by a Federal United States Agency to provide helicopters in support of the agency's aviation missions. Final aircraft completion, delivery and support will be provided by Agusta Aerospace Corporation, Agusta's wholly owned U.S. subsidiary in Philadelphia, P.A.

Following a one-year trial validating the interdiction and neutralisation of high-speed marine smuggling operations concept, HITRON has now become a permanent USCG mission. The armed A109 Powers will be equipped with advanced FLIR, a state-of-the-art mission equipment package, and will be powered by FADEC controlled Pratt & Whitney 206C engines. The aircraft will be embarked on USCG cutters, operating in US and international waters.

The Agusta A109 Power was the best-selling light twin engine helicopter in 1999. More than 140 have been ordered world-wide since the model's introduction, spanning a broad range of operations including police, EMS, VIP/Corporate and military applications. The selection of the Agusta A109 Power for United States Coast Guard's HITRON TEN program provides further testimony of the aircraft's competitiveness, versatility and performance.