AgustaWestland AW149

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AW149
AW149 - RIAT 2015 (21519991710).jpg
AW149 at RIAT 2015
Role Medium-lift military helicopter
Manufacturer AgustaWestland
Finmeccanica
Leonardo S.p.A.
First flight 13 November 2009
Developed from AgustaWestland AW139
Variants AgustaWestland AW189

The AgustaWestland AW149 is a medium-lift military helicopter developed by AgustaWestland, now Leonardo. On 20 June 2011 AgustaWestland announced the AW189, a civilian development of the AW149, for service in 2013.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The AW149 was unveiled at the 2006 Farnborough Air Show. Derived from the AW139, the AW149 has a larger fuselage and more powerful engines, resulting in a greater cargo volume and payload carrying ability.[2] On 13 November 2009, the first prototype conducted its first flight from AgustaWestland's Vergiate manufacturing facility in northern Italy.[3] On 26 February 2011, the second prototype, the first with production model engines, made its first flight from Vergiate.[4]

AgustaWestland submitted a version of the AW149, designated TUHP149, as a candidate for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP) for the Turkish Armed Forces. The programme sought an initial batch of 109 helicopters worth $4 billion, prospective follow-on orders for subsequent batches may eventually rise to 300 rotorcraft.[5][6] On 21 April 2011, the Turkish defence minister announced that the Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk had been selected as the winner.[7]

Military certification for the AW149 was announced by Finmeccanica at the 2014 Farnborough airshow.[8] The landing gear can sustain a touchdown with a sink speed of 9.5 m/s, compared with the 2 m/s for a civilian helicopter. The AW149 is being marketed as an alternative to the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk family. Thailand has ordered 5 AW149 helicopters, and is the first export customer.[9][10] The Italian Air Force considered it as a search and rescue helicopter, but chose the lighter AW139M.

Operators[edit]

 Thailand

Specifications (AW149)[edit]

Data from [11]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 18 max or; 12 combat laden troops or; 2,720kg external sling load
  • Length: 17.57 m (57 ft 8 in)
  • Main rotor diameter: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
  • Width: 3.06 m (10 ft 0 in)
  • Height: 5.14 m (16 ft 10 in)
  • Gross weight: 8,600 kg (18,959 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-2E1 turboshaft engine, 1,477 kW (1,980 hp) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 310 km/h (192.6 mph)
  • Cruising speed: 278 km/h (173 mph)
  • Range: 800 km (497 miles)
  • Endurance: 4 hours

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AgustaWestland Unveils The AW189 Helicopter". AgustaWestland. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "AgustaWestland AW149 Product Brochure" (PDF). AgustaWestland. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "AW149 & AW159 complete first flights". Australian Aviation. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "AW149 Makes Its Public Premiere At The 2011 Paris Air Show". AgustaWestland. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ ENGİNSOY, ÜMİT (21 March 2011). "Turkish defense panel may select new copter type Tuesday". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Osbek, Tolga."Turkey to decide in June between AW149, 'T-70' Black Hawk." Flight International, 9 April 2007.
  7. ^ Ozbek, Tolga (21 April 2011). "Sikorsky wins Turkish utility helicopter battle". Flight Global. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Military certification for the AW149" Leonardo, July 2014.
  9. ^ Sompong Nondhasa."Thai Army puts faith in Leonardo" Shephard Media, 18 December 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s". Jeremy Parkin. Helihub. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "AW149". Italy. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 

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