Agusta A-109 AW109 LUH Light Utility Helicopter

The AgustaWestland AW109 (A109) is a light-weight, twin-engine, eight-seat multi-purpose helicopter built by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer AgustaWestland. The AW109 Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has established itself as a best-selling military light-twin helicopter able to satisfy a wide range of military requirements. This ability to fulfil a wide range of missions makes the aircraft a true force multiplier, providing military commanders with excellent operational flexibility. The AW109 LUH is a rugged helicopter with excellent ballistic tolerance, redundancy of systems and crashworthiness for maximum safety and survivability. The availability of a wide range of mission equipment makes the AW109 a real multi-role helicopter, able to perform all light helicopter roles including training, troop transport, medical evacuation, search and rescue, maritime patrol, observation, armed escort and anti-armour. Offering outstanding multi-role flexibility for law enforcement, border patrol and surveillance missions, the AW109 Power's key features include high speed, excellent performance, high aircraft availability, cost-effective in both acquisition and direct operating costs and low environmental impact. The quick role change interior accommodates up to 2 stretchers, providing a valuable support in natural disaster relief operations. A wide range of dedicated mission equipment and systems make the Power a true multi-role helicopter able to satisfy a wide range of missions.

Main Variants:
- A109A: The first production model, powered by two Allison Model 250-C20 turboshaft engines.
- A109B: military version
- A109C: Eight-seat civil version, powered by two Allison Model 250-C20R-1 turboshaft engines
- A109D: prototype only
- A109E:Upgraded civilian version, initially powered by two Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 engines.
- A109K: military version
- A109: military version
- AW109: Lengthened cabin-upgraded civilian version with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207 engines and lengthened main rotor blades with different tip design to the Power version.
Technical Data
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The AW109 (A109) airframe consists of a lightweight aluminium alloy and honeycomb structure with high crashworthiness. Two large sliding doors provide easy access and cargo operation, and are in-flight operable. There are two separate pilot's doors. The long tailboom configuration provides high yaw control for operation in strong winds.The AW109 helicopter can be configured as a passenger helicopter for four or six passengers. The cabin can be quickly converted for an emergency medical evacuation role. It can be fitted with four seats for medical attendants and a litter for a single stretcher patient. A second litter can be stowed in the baggage compartment to the rear of the main cabin.
Avionics include an advanced digital cockpit, based on 3 AMLCDs and a digital 4-axis AFCS. A vast array of advanced equipment including sophisticated sensors are available. The integrated Mission Equipment Package (MEP) includes day/night and IFR avionics for single or dual pilot operations with a four-axis digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS). The navigation systems include an automatic direction finding navigation aid (ADF), distance measuring equipment (DME), a global positioning system (GPS), a radar altimeter, an emergency locator transponder (ELT), a VHF omnidirectional radio ranger (VOR), ground speed meter and inertial location system.
The helicopter is powered by two side-by-side Pratt & Whitney PW-206C or Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 engines with full authority digital electronic control (FADEC). The AW109 helicopter can climb at the rate of 9.8m a second. The maximum and cruise speeds of the helicopter are 311km/h and 285km/h respectively.
The AW109 LUH can also be armed with rocket pods, machine gun pods, pintled mounted machine guns, anti-tank and air-to-air missiles.
- Rocket launcher 7/12/19 tubes 70 mm
- Twin machine gun-pod 7.62 mm
- Machine gun-pod 12.7 mm
- Machine gun-pod 12.7 mm with 3 tubes 70 mm rockets
- Antitank missiles (TOW, HOT or Hellfire)
- Air-to-air missiles (Stinger or Mistral)
Light Utility Helicopter
Current Country users
Algeria, Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Country producer
Italy - United Kingdom
1 or 2 pilots
2 × Pratt & Whitney Canada 206C or Turbomeca Arrius 2K1 turboshafts, 567 hp or 571 hp
285 km/h maximum
Flight Management System, Radio Management System, VHF-UHF / AM-FM radio, HF / SSB radio, ADF, DME, GPS, Doppler Velocity Sensor, AHRS, Stormscope, IFF Transponder,¦Radar altimeter, ELT system, VOR / ILS, Digital Map Generator, ICS
3,000 kg take-off maximum
964 km maximum
Length: 13.04 m; Rotor: 11.00 m; Height: 3.50 m
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