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Italian company to deliver helicopter to Libya

Italian aircraft manufacturer AugustaWestland is to deli ver a second AW139 helicopter to the Libyan general people’s committee for public security, sources close to the Italian manufacture r told PANA on Wednesday in Tripoli at the second edition of the defence and security show in Libya dubbed “Libdex 2010”.

The helicopter, intended for border surveillance and rescue services, is part of five ordered by Libya at the helicopter assembling factory of the Libya-Italian Advanced Technology Company (LIATEC), a joint-venture between the Libyan air industry and AgustaWestland, the information and media officer of the Italian manufacturer, Roberto Caprarella, t old PANA.

Several armament and security equipment industrialists said business contacts we re fruitful and negotiations were under way with various parties in Libya to order security, surveillance and other equipment.

However, the novelty of the show lies in the exhibition for the first time of ar moured vehicles produced by the Libyan truck and bus manufacturing company.

These are four multi-purpose prototypes. The first one is used for law enforceme nt; the second to carry troops; the third for prisoner transportation and the fo u rth for multiple uses and functions.

One source close to the company told PANA that the construction of these prototy pes was done 100% by Libya.

Some 110 companies from 21 countries, which specialise in the field of armament and security equipment manufacturing, are taking part in the four-day show, which ends on Thursday.

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