As per the highly placed source, Nepalese Army (NA) has purchased one AgustaWestland’s AW139 Helicotper. The helicopter presently has been spotted flying at the Milan Area acquiring test registration ‘I-EASY’- C/N 31808 with its official Army Livery; National flag on the fin, six-sided red star bearing a yellow trident on the fuselage.
The AW139 Chopper delivery date has not been disclosed now but the another European made H125 Helicopter which is also been purchased by NA is presently at Airbus Helicopter Facility, Singapore and is expected to join the Mid Air Base, 11 No Brigade, TIA by second week of July. The chopper has been allocated with Nepalese Army registration ‘NA-059’.
Although the government had decided on July last year to purchase three helicopters–one medium and two lights–for disaster response and rescue operations, the purchase of medium-size twin-engine helicopters has been put off as the price ceiling exceeded an earlier deal.