Panama’s National Naval Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) has received two Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW139M helicopters and one Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter transport aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Public Security announced on 8 January.
The AW139Ms are powered by two Pratt &Whitney engines and can transport up to 10 passengers plus crew. The three platforms will be based at Station Teniente Octavio Rodríguez Garrido.
This delivery is part of a deal between the Panamanian government and Italy’s Leonardo (formerly Finmeccanica) intended to mend relations after a controversial USD125 million radar deal was cancelled in 2016 because of corruption allegations.
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