May 23, 2024

Smith Myers Announces Partnership With AWAS

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Smith Myers and AWAS Partnership to offer a one-stop-shop for retrofits of ARTEMIS for existing Leonardo’s helicopter Customers in Mideast and North Africa
Smith Myers & AugustaWestland Aviation Services announce partnership

Smith Myers has recently announced that it will have a strategic partnership with AgustaWestland Aviation Services (AWAS) to bring its ARTEMIS mobile phone detection, location, and communications system to operators in the MENA region.

The AWAS is an Abu Dhabi-based joint venture between Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation and it will offer a combination of engineering and maintenance expertise that will offer current Leonardo’s helicopter users a one-stop-shop for the procurement, integration, certification, commissioning, training, and support of ARTEMIS onto existing Leonardo’s helicopter offering retrofit programs in the region. In turn, this strategic partnership will offer a one-stop-shop for retrofits of ARTEMIS for existing Leonardo helicopter Customers in the Mideast and North Africa.

Andrew Munro, Managing Director of Smith Myers

Andrew Munro, Managing Director of Smith Myers stated “With over 200 Leonardo helicopters in service in the region and with AWAS involvement in comprehensive upgrade programs with major customers in the region, the partnership will provide Leonardo’s operators simplified access to this unique technology. We see the MENA region as a significant market for our airborne ARTEMIS suite of systems.”

Angelo Vincenzo Carlino-CEO and CAR145 Accountable Manager at AgustaWestland Aviation Services

“This partnership will build on the success of the UAE National Search & Rescue Centre program, where AWAS installed the ARTEMIS systems onto the existing fleet of NSRC AW139s” explained Angelo Vincenzo Carlino AWAS Managing Director, who added, “We are excited to bring this transformational technology to our customers.”

Industry sources added that Smith Myers ARTEMIS suite of SAR products has been saving lives around the world. Most recently selected for major UK, European, and North American SAR and Coast Guard Programs.  The National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also selected ARTEMIS for installation across their fleet of Search & Rescue Helicopters.  ARTEMIS is also deployed around the world in Maritime Patrol, Border Control, Aerial Firefighting, and Natural Disasters.

Industry sources also further explained that the ARTEMIS has been designed to accurately locate mobile telephones in the challenging airborne environment using only two small antennas. ARTEMIS can detect a phone at extended ranges of up to 35 km and provides unique capabilities such as mass-mapping and geofencing to minimize crew workload.

With nearly 1200 AW139s in service worldwide nearing 4 million flight hours for multiple roles with around 190 customers in over 80 countries, the bestselling intermediate-twin type has proven a major force also in the Middle East, with several aircraft dedicated to emergency medical service and search and rescue duties across the region. The addition of the ARTEMIS system as a customer option would further enhance the impressive capabilities of the AW139 to carry out critical life-saving missions in this geography.

Industry sources further confirmed that the system is automated, quick, and accurate. This leads to more rapid positive outcomes, even in low light/IMC conditions, and operates stand-alone with no requirement for the involvement of the Mobile Network Operators.

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