AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $38,432,233 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales (Israel) contract for seven new AW119Kx aircraft, pilot and maintainer training, initial spares package, tools and ground support equipment, engine spares and the development of training aid devices. The AW119Kx helicopter is an improved and upgraded version of the AW119Ke Koala.
One bid was solicited via the internet with one bid received. Work will be performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $38,432,233 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-20-C-0015).
AW119Kx is a single-engine helicopter designed and developed by AgustaWestland. It is used for performing a variety of missions such as emergency medical services (EMS) transport, offshore transport, VIP or corporate transport, law enforcement, fire-fighting, and government duties. The aircraft also has a dual-independent hydraulic system and dual-independent stability augmentation system (SAS). The helicopter has a length of 12.92m, width of 7.76m, height of 3.60m, and main rotor diameter of 10.83m. The tail rotor diameter is 1.94m.
The helicopter is powered by a PT6B-37A single engine developed by Pratt and Whitney. The range of the helicopter is 515nm (954km). The helicopter has a high speed of 256km/h (138kt), while it has a maximum endurance of five hours and 20 minutes. It has a service ceiling of 4,572m (15,000ft) and a 9.4m/s rate of climb. The empty weight of the helicopter is 1,483kg (3,269lb) and maximum take-off weight is 3,150kg (6,945lb).