One of the latest rotorcraft models developed and introduced into the market by Leonardo is the AW149 multirole twin engine. The only new generation aircraft in its category in close to four decades, the AW149 is designed to meet the challenges of 21st Century multi-mission demands of expeditionary warfare and Homeland Security offering exceptional tactical superiority.
The AW149 features smooth riding together with high speed and low noise signature and ensures outstanding performance in ‘Hot & High’ as well as one engine inoperative conditions. The large unobstructed and easy-accessible main cabin provides the capability to accommodate 18 equipped soldiers in a high-density configuration and offers an impressive range of modular layouts with rapid reconfiguration on a mission by mission basis.
The AW149 is fitted with the latest all-weather day-night operational capabilities, dedicated avionics and a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible glass cockpit with four large multifunction displays. With a fully digital avionics system with open architecture and fully integrated mission equipment and a 4-axis auto-pilot, the AW149 is specifically designed for modern battlefield operations. Advanced sensors, communication and data sharing systems provide high situational awareness for network-centric environments.
The AW149 features low signatures (acoustic, Infra-Red (IR) and radar) and detectability in all phases of flight, full airframe crashworthiness and damage/ballistic tolerance, crashworthy troops seats and armoured pilot seats, full system redundancy and fail-safe design, a unique 50-minute run-dry capable transmission for unparalleled reliability, safety and survivability, low and easy maintenance.
Easy ground handling and taxiing as well as operation from unprepared terrain is made possible by the heavy-duty nose-wheel high energy absorbing, semi-retractable landing gear for higher speed. From combat support, transport of troop and material, medical evacuation, Search and Rescue (SAR) and personnel recovery, command and control and many other airborne missions, the AW149 provides the flexibility requested to a modern battlefield support helicopter and executes all required missions with unequalled cost-effectiveness.