The Agusta/Westland AW149 is a medium-lift military helicopter developed by AgustaWestland.
Design and development
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. On 13 November 2009, the first prototype conducted its first flight from AgustaWestland's Vergiate manufacturing facility in northern Italy. On 26 February 2011, the second prototype, the first with production model engines, made its first flight from Vergiate.
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. On 21 April 2011, the Turkish defence minister announced that the Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk had been selected as the winner.
Military certification for the AW149 was announced by Finmeccanica at the 2014 Farnborough airshow. 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. The Italian Air Force considered it as a search and rescue helicopter, but chose the lighter AW139M.
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The helicopter can be fitted with a 20mm machine gun pod or a 12.7mm machine gun pod with three tubes for 70mm rockets.
The cabin can be fitted with window-mounted 7.62mm general-purpose machine guns. The helicopter is equipped with defensive aids subsystems.
The AW149 has a five-bladed main rotor of diameter 14m and a four-bladed tail rotor. The rotors are ballistic tolerant. The first flight was completed in November 2009 and the second prototype completed its maiden flight in February 2011.
Agusta AW-149: See below
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
Maximum speed: 310 km/h (192.6 mph)
Cruising speed: 278 km/h (173 mph)
Range: 800 km (497 miles)
Endurance: 4 hours
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