The testing program will involve three more prototypes, with the second and third AW169s planned to join the effort later in 2012, and the fourth in 2013. Certification of the AW169 is anticipated for 2014.
In the 4,500 kg-class, the AW169 is positioned between the 3,000|3,175 kg 8-seat AW109GrandNew and the much larger 6,400 kg 15-seat AW139. AgustaWestland plans to have the AW169 in service by 2015.
The EU has approved a 19-year €272 million zero‑interest loan from the Italian state to AgustaWestland to develop the AW169. Industrial research is 40% of the total, and experimental development is 60%. The aid element is €94 million.
In April 2013, AgustaWestland unveiled the AW169 AAS as their contender in the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout program. It was the biggest entry with a 10,000 lb gross weight, nearly twice the weight of the OH-58 Kiowa it was aimed at replacing. AgustaWestland stated that the aircraft's size gives unprecedented cabin flexibility, with room for extended-range tanks, command-and-control facilities, and perhaps manned-unmanned teaming workstations. The size was a potential issue in some respects, such as the number that can be air transported by a strategic airlifter; AgustaWestland said it had solutions to meet the Army's disassembly and reassembly time limits, and emphasised the type's size and performance values. The Army ended the AAS program in late 2013.