The first AW139 helicopter assembled in Russia has successfully performed its maiden flight.
On December 18, the first AW139 built in Russia, with the tail number 60001, was rolled out at the HeliVert assembly plant to perform ground testing. On the following day, December 19, at 16:30 Moscow time the test programme continued with the helicopter's first lift-off and controlled hover.
HeliVert is a Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland joint venture. The plant is intended to meet the growing demand for the AW139 in the Russian market for civil aircraft as well as the CIS market in general.
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