AW109 LUH

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. 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 availability of a wide range of mission equipment makes the LUH 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. In addition, the AW109 LUH can also be armed with rocket pods, machine gun pods, pintled mounted machine guns, anti-tank and air-to-air missiles.

Technical Data


Weights
Max take off 3000/ 3175 kg 6614/ 7000 lb
Standard configuration empty weight 1970 kg 4343 lb

Engine Rating (2 x Turbomeca Arrius 2K2)
Take off power (5 min) 2 x 530 kW 2 x 711 shp
Maximum continuous power 2 x 454 kW 2 x 609 shp
O.E.I. max contingency power (2.5 min) 590 kW 791 shp
O.E.I. max continuous power 534 kW 716 shp

Transmission Rating
Maximum continuous power 672 kW 900 shp
O.E.I. max contingency power (2.5 min) 477 kW 640 shp
O.E.I. max continuous power 418 kW 560 shp

Fuel Capacity
3-cell fuel system 608 l 161 USgal
4-cell fuel system 716 l 189 USgal
5-cell fuel system 881 l 233 USgal

Crew
Pilots /  Passengers 1 - 2  /  7 - 6

External Dimensions
Length (rotors turning) 12.93 m 42.41 ft
Length (rotors stopped) 11.43 m 37.5 ft
Maximum height 3.42 m 11.22 ft
Main rotor diameter 10.83 m 35.53 ft
Tail rotor diameter 1.94 m 6.36 ft

Performance (ISA, 3000 kg /6614 lb)
VNE 311 km/h 168 kts
Cruise speed 282 km/h 152 kts
Rate of climb 8.33 m/sec 1640 ft/min
Hovering IGE (TOP) 5305 m 17400 ft
Hovering OGE (TOP) 3475 m 11400 ft
Service ceiling (MCP) 6096 m 20000 ft
Max Range* 926 km 500 nm
Max endurance* 4 h 46 min

       * with 233 USG fuel - no reserve - @5000 ft

Equipment

  • Bleed air heater
  • Pilot / co-pilot armoured seats
  • Crashworthy fuel system
  • Self sealing fuel tanks
  • Reinforced windshields
  • Engine air particle separators
  • 1 or 2 longitudinal stretcher
  • Single or dual external cargo hook (1000 kg / 500 kg)
  • Rescue hoist (272 kg / 600 lbs)
  • Emergency floats
  • Rotor brake
  • Engine fire extinguishers
  • External loudspeakers
  • FLIR / LLTV
  • Laser warning
  • Missile approach warning system
  • Radar warning
  • Searchlight
  • Rear view mirror
  • Snow skis / slump protection pads
  • Windshield wipers
  • Wire strike protection system

Avionics

  • 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

Armament

  • 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)

Brochures

AW109 Light Utility Helicopter
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