AW109 Utility Helicopter

AW109 Utility Helicopter

AW109 is a light-weight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter. The craft has proven itself in light transport, medivac, search-and-rescue, and military roles. First flown as the Agusta A109 in 1971 and manufactured by AgustaWestland of Italy.

Role : SAR/utility helicopter
Manufacturer : Agusta, AgustaWestland
First flight : 4 August 1971
Primary users : Italian Army, REGA (Swiss Air Rescue), Royal New Zealand Air Force
Unit cost : US$ 6.3 million
Variants : AgustaWestland AW119

AW109 Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2 pilots
  • Capacity: 7/6 passengers
  • Length: 42 ft 9 in (13.04 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 36 ft 2 in (11.00 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 6 in (3.50 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,461 lb (2,000kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 6,283 lb (2,850 kg–3,000 kg (depending on version))
  • Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada 206C or Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 turboshafts, 567 hp or 571 hp (423 kW or 426 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 177 mph (154 knots, 285 km/h)
  • Ferry range: 599 mi (521 NM, 964 km)
  • Service ceiling: 19,600 ft (6,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,930 ft/min (9.8 m/s)

Armament

(Agusta A109 LUH only)

  • Guns: possibilities include 12.7 mm machine gun (250 rounds) in pod, pintle mounted 7.62 mm machine gun, door gunner post 12.7 mm machine gun
  • Missiles: possibilities include 2 × TOW missile launchers (2 or 4 missiles each), unguided rockets in pods (2.75 in or 81 mm rockets with 7 or 12 tubes per pod), rocket/machine gun pod (70 mm × 3 rockets and 12.7 mm machine gun (200 rounds))
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