The first AW149 prototype flew for the first time November 13 2009, and is fully representative of the AW149 final configuration with respect to the airframe and avionics, whilst the second prototype will fly in the final configuration incorporating two 2000 shp class GE CT7-2E1 turbines with FADEC and an all new transmission system.
With a fully digital avionics system with open architecture and fully integrated mission equipment, a modern glass cockpit and a 4-axis auto-pilot, the AW149 8 ton class helicopter is specifically designed for modern battlefield operations. The AW149 is fitted with the latest all weather day-night operational capabilities, dedicated avionics and a NVG-compatible cockpit, while rotor ice protection will be available as an option.
The AW149, by its open architecture design, will be capable of being fitted with role equipment and systems as required by the customer to perform a wide range of roles and also to be easily re-roled or upgraded to meet future requirements. Advanced sensors, communication and data sharing systems provide high situational awareness for network-centric environments.
The AW149, capable of seating up to 18 troops, is perfectly suited to perform a wide range of duties such as troop transport, battlefield and logistic operations, fire support, SAR and combat SAR, special forces operations, reconnaissance, surveillance, CASEVAC, command control & communication, external load lifting as well as VIP military transport. The AW149 has been developed to meet the Italian Air Force requirement for a new medium class SAR helicopter.
The AW149 is also being offered in the marketplace to meet the demand for a modern technology helicopter to replace thousands of older generation helicopters in service with military operators worldwide. A customised version of the AW149, named the TUHP149, is the candidate for the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme (TUHP).
|First flight||November 13 2009|
- Crew: 2
Capacity: 18 passengers
- Length: 14.63 m
- Main rotor diameter: 14.6 m
- Width: 3.08 m
- Height: 5.15 m
- Empty weight: kg
- Gross weight: 8100 kg
- Powerplant: 2 x General Electric GE CT7-2E1 2000 shp turbines with FADEC
- Maximum speed: 278 km/h
- Range: 1,061 km
- Service ceiling: 6,098 m
- Rate of climb: 10.9 m/s
- Rocket launcher 7/12/19 tubes 70/81 mm
- Window mounted machine gun 7.62 mm
- Machine gun-pod 12.7/20 mm
- Machine gun-pod 12.7 mm with 3 tubes 70 mm rockets
- Provision for air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles