Malta International Airshow
23-24th September 2017
Malta Aviation Society Malta International Airport Armed Forces of Malta XFM
Armed Forces of Malta to Display at the Show
08 September 2017

Naturally synonymous with the Malta Airshow, is the ever present and much appreciated air assets of the Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), both in the static display and in the flying program.

The Air Wing of the AFM is the aerial component of the current Maltese military. It has responsibility for the security of Maltese airspace, conducts maritime patrol and Search and Rescue duties, and provides military assistance to other government departments of Malta. The Air Wing is based at the AFM terminal at the Malta International Airport.

One of the assets we will be enjoying during the Airshow is the new rotary wing workhorse of the Air Wing – the AugustaWestland AW139. Three of these helicopters were constructed for the AFM by AugustaWestland, now Leonardo Finmeccanica. They carry a crew of five, including two rescue swimmers, and can carry a total of 15 persons.The helicopters are equipped with state-of- the-art avionics and imaging systems, a hoist for SAR operations and a stretcher for medical evacuations (Medevac). The first AW139 was acquired in 2014.

Another Air Wing asset planned to take part in our flying program, is the fixed wing Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200MPA. This is a state-of- the-art maritime patrol aircraft for border control, with priority given by the Government, to the surveillance of Malta’s borders, and beyond, from the air, over the vast Mediterranean. It has the capability, and sustainability to enable the AFM to continue effectively patrolling the EU’s maritime borders both by day and night, and in support of other EU border-related missions. The King Air maritime patrol aircraft is specifically designed to incorporate innovative capabilities on many levels. Some of the aircraft’s features include improved situational awareness with the ability to have a maritime domain awareness picture and advanced navigational capabilities.

The Malta Aviation Society organizer of the Malta International Airshow 2017 are proud to have the Armed Forces of Malta Participating with their Air Assets during the show.


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