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AW149
The AW 149 in April 2012
Role Medium-lift military helicopter
Manufacturer AgustaWestland
First flight 13. November 2009
Developed from AgustaWestland AW139
Variants AgustaWestland AW189

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

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.[2]

The first prototype made its first flight 13 November 2009 from AgustaWestland's Vergiate manufacturing facility in northern Italy.[3] The second prototype, the first with production model engines, made its first flight from Vergiate on 26 February 2011.[4]

A version named TUHP149, and the Turkish T-70 version of the S-70i Black Hawk, were candidates for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP). The programme covered an initial batch of 109 helicopters worth $4 billion, with a prospect for further orders in subsequent batches that may eventually top 300.[5] On 21 April 2011 the Turkish defence minister announced that the Sikorsky T-70 Black Hawk had been declared the winner.[6]

AgustaWestland hopes to have military certification of the in-development AW149 helicopter in a baseline configuration by the end of 2013. Italy's Armaereo military certification body will be presented with a baseline model with no mission equipment, countermeasures, or ballistic protection, which will be customer-specific items and require a second country-specific certification process. 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, but has yet to find a customer. The Italian Air Force considered it as a search and rescue helicopter, but chose the lighter AW139M. The AW149 is being offered for Poland's tri-service requirement for 70 helicopters against the Black Hawk and Eurocopter EC725. AgustaWestland believes it can fill the missions of anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, and troop transport, and can be manufactured in-country through its Polish subsidiary PZL-Swidnik.[7]

Specifications (AW149)

Data from [8]

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

  • Cruising speed: 278 km/h (173 mph)

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