AgustaWestland at Farnborough International Air Show
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is one of the largest exhibitors at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show and will be showcasing its range of advanced technology helicopters as well as its latest training and support capabilities.
Advanced Technology Helicopters for Commercial and Military Missions
AgustaWestland has the widest range of helicopters of any manufacture, ranging from the 2.8 ton single engine AW119 Ke to the 15.6 ton AW101. At the Air Show AgustaWestland will be showcasing military and commercial models from its range which includes the AW139, the market leader in the medium twin helicopter market, the Grand twin engine helicopter – the leading VIP helicopter in its class, and for the first time at Farnborough the uprated AW119 Ke.
The AW119 Ke is the new uprated variant of the A119 Koala and offers unmatched performance and capability in the single-engine helicopter market. The AW119 Ke can carry up to seven passengers while cruising at 139 knots – 20 knots more than most other single engine helicopters.
The AW109 Power continues to be a best seller in the light twin market where it has dominated the corporate transport market and is increasingly becoming the standard helicopter for law enforcement and air ambulance duties in many countries. The military version know as the AW109 LUH features an advanced fully integrated cockpit and can be equipped to perform a wide range of land and maritime roles, as well as being an ideal lead in trainer for larger advanced helicopter types.
The Grand which was introduced to the market at Farnborough Air Show in 2004 is now the market leader in the corporate helicopter market and in just four years has achieved over 230 sales. A spacious six-place cabin and unmatched performance and comfort with light-twin economics, the Grand has been a phenomenal success.
Now the best selling helicopter in the medium twin market, the AW139 has achieved sales of over 350 aircraft and has become the reference helicopter for offshore transport, SAR and VIP transport. Able to transport up to 15 passengers in comfort at high speed, the AW139 is the only new generation helicopter in the medium twin class.
AgustaWestland is developing a new 7-8 ton multi-role military helicopter called the AW149. Design work is progressing as planned. The aircraft will offer exceptional performance at a competitive price and fits into the AgustaWestland product range between the 6 ton AW139 and the 11 ton NH90.
Future Lynx is a new multi-role military helicopter from the Lynx family of helicopters designed to meet the requirements of the UK’s Royal Navy and Army Surface Combatant Maritime Rotorcraft (SCMR) and Battlefield Reconnaissance Helicopter (BRH) requirements. Following the contract signature for 70 aircraft in June 2006 all milestones have been met on time and on budget with first flight planned for late-2009. Deliveries will commence in 2011.
The AW101 is the worlds leading medium lift helicopter and is now in service with customers worldwide. The 15.6 ton aircraft can fly up to 750 nm on standard fuel tanks and is ideally suited for long range SAR, utility and naval applications. The large cabin also makes it ideally suited for VIP transport. In 2005 a version of the AW101, now designated the VH-71, was selected as the winner of the US Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program.
AgustaWestland is focused on not just delivering a helicopter platform but a complete range of products and services that deliver mission capability to it commercial and military customers. At Farnborough International Air Show AgustaWestland will be showcasing some of these products including its AW101 Mission Support Demonstrator, helicopter machine gun training simulator, distance learning packages and Flight & Mission Planning Station.
--Mission Support Demonstrator
The AgustaWestland Mission Support Demonstrator is configured to demonstrate the features of the AW101 cockpit. It also illustrates cost-effective reconfigurable procedures and mission training, the use of simulation In aircraft design, integration with mission planning and interoperability within live, virtual and constructive environments.
--Helicopter Machine Gun Training Simulator
Also in the helicopter static park, highlighting the company’s capabilities in Live Collective Training, will be the new helicopter door/cabin mounted machine gun training simulator developed in conjunction with Saab.
AgustaWestland Distance Learning packages are designed to meet specific customer training needs and structured to enable students to learn without leaving the workplace. Courses include intermediate exercise sessions, regular monitoring by experienced tutors, personal support, web based group tuition and regular tests.
--Flight & Mission Planning Station
The AgustaWestland Flight and Mission Planning Station forms part of an integrated suite of training and logistic support systems developed for military and civil applications. It enables missions, including Search and Rescue to be planned using accurate performance data and real-time aircraft and personnel availability information.
AgustaWestland is a world leader in delivering integrated support solution that deliver availability and capability based product support services. Examples of this include the Integrated Merlin Operational Support contract with the UK Ministry of Defence and the Phased Support Logistics contract with the Italian Army for its NH90 helicopters.
For the first time at Farnborough Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company, a joint venture between Bell Helicopter Textron and AgustaWestland, will demonstrate the BA609 in the flying display. The #2 prototype will demonstrate its unique flight quality. BAAC will also be showing the Search And Rescue full scale mock-up. The BA609 is set to obtain certification in late 2011 with deliveries immediately following.
--NH Industries NH90
NH Industries, in which AgustaWestland has a 32% share, will be exhibiting the new generation 11 ton NH90 helicopter. Deliveries of NH90s started last year and are now entering services with air arms around the world. Firm orders have already been placed for 507 NH90s from customers in Italy, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, the Sultanate of Oman, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Belgium.
AgustaWestland at Farnborough International Air Show 2008