AW139M

The AW139M is the militarised version of the AW139, a new generation intermediate twin-turbine helicopter setting the standard against which all intermediate twins are now measured. Building on the considerable world-wide success of the AW139, the AW139M has been developed to meet the specific requirements of military, homeland security and government users. The AW139M can be used for a wide range of applications including Surveillance, Utility / Troop Transport, Special Forces Insertion / Extraction, MEDEVAC / CASEVAC, SAR / CSAR, Command & Control, and Fire Support. Designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, the AW139M is capable of carrying up to 10 fully equipped troops or 15 passengers at very high speed in its large unobstructed reconfigurable cabin. Additional stowage is accessible both from the cabin and externally. Two large cabin doors enable rapid ingress and egress of troops and personnel. The AW139M provides the best power reserve of any helicopter in the intermediate twin-engine class. It fully complies with the latest stringent FAR/JAR/EASA requirements in terms of performance and safety. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turbines together with a state-of-the-art 5-bladed main rotor deliver a high cruise speed, even in demanding conditions and at all weights. The AW139M has outstanding power agility and manoeuvrability, providing excellent handling qualities in a wide range of operating conditions including ‘hot and high’. Leading edge technology includes a fully integrated avionics system, 4-axis digital AFCS with SAR modes, advanced NVG-compatible cockpit, inlet particle separators and optional ice protection system that enable safe operation in day, night and all environments. The AW139M can be tailored to meet specific user requirements utilizing a wide range of mission equipment kits including secure military V/UHF, HF and SATCOM radios, and heavy duty main and nose landing gear for operations from unprepared surfaces. As a result of the new design approach the AW139M uses fewer components, benefits from integrated avionics and provides easy accessibility to all systems for simplified maintenance tasks.
 

Applications
» BATTLEFIELD SUPPORT 
The large unobstructed cabin, with 30% more cabin volume than legacy platforms, provides the capability to accommodate up to 15 passengers or 10 fully equipped soldiers on crashworthy troop seats. The large stowage area to the rear of the cabin is accessible internally in flight or externally when on the ground. Combined, these offer exceptional transport capability. With the external cargo hook, up to 2200 kg / 4850 lb of heavy equipment can be transported around the battlefield. Two large sliding cabin doors aid ingress and egress of personnel. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. Fire support can be provided by window mounted 7.62 mm machine guns or cabin floor mounted 12.7 mm machine guns. A Defensive Aid Suite (DAS), including Missile Launch Detection System (MLDS), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing System, provides self-protection from missiles, while an IR suppression system reduces the already low thermal signature of the AW139 . IFF and Blue Force Tracker are also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks, as well as weapons aiming and an external stores system (ESS) capable of carrying Heavy Machine Gun pods, and 2.75” (70mm) air-to-ground rockets.
» COAST GUARD 
The AW139M provides Coast Guard and Border Protection Agencies with unrivalled multi-mission capability. Able to operate from ashore and at sea, the AW139M high performance search radar, Electro-Optic / Infra Red (EO/IR) device, video recording and downlink , Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), personnel insertion/extraction equipment including hoist, fast rope and rappelling, and armament, including 12.7 mm sniper rifle and 7.62 mm and 12,7 mm machine guns, provides commanders with the ideal platform for medium-range Search and Rescue, EEZ and Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement , Counter Drug, Anti-Piracy, and other Law Enforcement missions. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit and, subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks.
» COMMAND AND CONTROL 
The AW139M can carry high performance surveillance radar, Electro-Optic (EO/IR), Electronic Support Measures, Electronic Countermeasures and other surveillance equipment devices integrated with mission consoles located in the cabin to provide command staff with Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) capability. V/UHF, HF, SATCOM and multi-band radios enable the AW139M crew to communicate fully with ground based assets. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. A Defensive Aid Suite (DAS), including Missile Launch Detection System (MLDS), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing System, provides self-protection from missiles, while an IR suppression system reduces the already low thermal signature of the AW139. IFF is also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection and ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks.
» HOMELAND SECURITY
The AW139M provides Law Enforcement Agencies with exceptional multi-mission capability in all weathers including icing. The AW139M equipped with weather radar, high performance Electro-Optic / Infra Red (EO/IR) device, video recording and downlink, personnel insertion/extraction equipment including hoist, fast rope and rappelling, modular armour and armament including 12.7 mm sniper rifle and 7.62 mm and 12,7 mm machine guns, provides law enforcement and homeland security commanders with the ideal platform for Homeland Security, Counter Terrorism, Border Patrol, Counter Drug, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other Law Enforcement missions. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection and ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks.
» MARITIME PATROL 
With its multi-role design, the AW139M provides added utility and effect to any maritime operator. Able to successfully operate at sea with folding blades, tie down system and corrosion protection, the AW139M will significantly extend the operational area and effect of its host maritime platform. Using its high performance search radar, Electro-Optic / Infra Red (EO/IR) device, and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), the aircraft has the ability to autonomously detect, classify and identify surface- and land-based targets. These can be engaged directly using the AW139M weapons or in-directly, calling on third-party weapons capability. Armament options include 12.7 mm sniper rifle, 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Guns, and 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Guns. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. A Defensive Aid Suite (DAS), including Missile Launch Detection System (MLDS), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing System, provides self-protection from missiles, while an IR suppression system reduces the already low thermal signature of the AW139. IFF and Blue Force Tracker are also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks, as well as weapons aiming and an External Stores System (ESS) capable of carrying Heavy Machine Gun pods and 2.75” (70 mm) air-to-ground rockets.
» MEDICAL EVACUATION 
The internal dimensions of the large and unobstructed cabin of the AW139M makes it the best choice for MEDEVAC/CASEVAC operations. The flat floor and ceiling provide maximum cabin flexibility for easy reconfiguration between seats and litters. The 8 m3 cabin volume and height of 1.42 m allows medical attendants easy access to ambulatory and/or non-ambulatory casualties. Litter layouts range from two to four in MEDEVAC configuration with a wide range of medical monitoring and treatment equipment able to be installed in the cabin. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection and ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks.
» MILITARY UTILITY 
The AW139M airframe and cabin have provisions for a wide range of mission and utility equipment which enable a true multi-role capability. The platform has a spacious cabin with large doors for easy ingress and egress of personnel and unloading of material and is capable of carrying and deploying a wide range of troop, equipment or weapon payloads. Exceptional agility and high power-to-weight ratio enable the aircraft to operate tactically, flying nap of the earth profiles with unrivalled hot and high performance. Additionally, the AW139M offers air manoeuvre for command and control personnel, specialist teams, counter-terrorism tasks, close battle casualty evaluation and an additional command and control capability. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. Fire support can be provided by window or door mounted machine guns. A Defensive Aid Suite (DAS), including Missile Launch Detection System (MLDS), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing System, provides self-protection from missiles, while an IR suppression system reduces the already low thermal signature of the AW139. IFF and Blue Force Tracker are also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks, as well as weapons aiming and an external stores system (ESS) capable of carrying Heavy Machine Gun pods, and 2.75” (70mm) air-to-ground rockets.
» SEARCH AND RESCUE - CSAR 
Search and Rescue crews will make good use of the AW139M's all weather capability, high cruise speed and useful load, while the aircraft's exceptional OEI capability will bring added confidence during rescues in remote and mountainous areas, jungle and at sea. The AW139M’s ability to reduce pilot workload and operate in even the harshest environments, day and night, enables SAR crews to achieve their missions with a high degree of safety. Inherent high levels of survivability and crashworthiness, optional Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) including Missile Launch Detection (MLDS) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing Systems (CMDS), IR suppressors to reduce the already low thermal signature of the AW139, modular cockpit and cabin armour, window and door mounted crew served weapons , enable the safe location and recovery of personnel in high threat conditions. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection, ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks, as well as weapons aiming and an External Stores System (ESS) capable of carrying Heavy Machine Gun pods, and 2.75” (70 mm) air-to-ground rockets.
» TACTICAL TRANSPORT 
The large constant section multi-mission cabin with 30% more cabin volume than legacy platforms provides the capability to accommodate up to 15 passengers or 10 fully equipped soldiers on crashworthy troop seats or a wide range of equipments and payloads. The large stowage area to the rear of the cabin is accessible in flight or externally on the ground. Combined, these offer exceptional transport capability. With the external cargo hook, up to 2200 kg / 4850 lb of heavy equipment can be transported to the battlefield. Two large sliding cabin doors aid ingress and egress of personnel. Crew and occupants can be protected by modular armour protection in the cabin and cockpit. Suppressive fire can be provided by window mounted 7.62 mm machine guns. A Defensive Aid Suite (DAS), including Missile Launch Detection System (MLDS), Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Chaff and Flare Dispensing System, provides self-protection from missiles, while an IR suppression system reduces the already low thermal signature of the AW139. IFF and Blue Force Tracker are also available. Subject to market demand, additional kits will become available including: armoured pilot and co-pilot seats to improve crew protection and ballistic-tolerant self-sealing fuel tanks.

Technical Data

 
Weights
Max take off 6400 / 6800* kg 14110 / 14991* lb
Max useful load 2650 / 3050* kg 5843 / 6724* lb

 

Engine Rating (2 x  Pratt & Whitney PT6C - 67C)
Take off power (5 min) 2 x 1252 kW 2 x 1679 shp
Maximum continuous power 2 x 1142 kW 2 x 1531 shp
O.E.I. max contingency power 1396 kW 1872 shp
O.E.I. max continuous power 1252 kW 1679 shp

 

Transmission Rating
Take off power (5 min) 1641 kW 2200 shp
Maximum continuous power 1491 kW 2000 shp
O.E.I. min contingency power 1193 kW 1600 shp
O.E.I. max continuous power 1044 kW 1400 shp

 

Fuel Capacity
Standard 1568 l 414 USgal
Auxiliary 500 l 132 USgal

Crew
Pilots / passengers 1 - 2 / 15

External Dimensions
Length (rotors turning) 16.66 m 54 ft 08 in
Overall height 5.17 m 16 ft 12 in
Main rotor diameter 13.80 m 45 ft 03 in

Performance (ISA, 6400 kg / 14110 lb)
VNE 310 km/h 167 kt
Max cruise speed 306 km/h 165 kt
Rate of climb > 10.9 m/s > 2140 ft/min
Hovering IGE (TOP) 4682 m 15360 ft
Hovering OGE (TOP) 2478 m 8130 ft
Service ceiling (MCP) 6096 m 20000 ft
Max range ** 1250 km 675 nm
Max endurance ** 5 h 56 m

 


         * An optional MTOW (Internal) of 6800 kg (14881 lb) is available as a kit
         ** with 1654 kg fuel - no reserve - @ 6000 ft
 

 

Equipment

  • Engine air particle separators
  • Closed circuit refuelling system
  • Auxiliary fuel tanks (500 litres / 132 USgal)
  • Anti/ de-icing system
  • Wire strike protection
  • Blade folding ship deck mooring
  • Cargo hook
  • Single/dual rescue hoist (272 kg / 600 lb) with utility hoist light
  • Cargo hook (2200 kg / 4850 lb) with monitoring cameras
  • External loudspeaker
  • Self contained EMS/MEDEVAC kit
  • Snow skis/ slump protection pads
  • Cabin bubble windows
  • Life rafts
  • Search lights
  • Marking for high visibility main rotor blades
  • Emergency floats
  • Customising painting scheme with metallic colours
  • All weather covers
  • Crashworthy Seating
  • Modular Armour
  • Troop seats and medevac stretchers
  • Rappelling/ fast roping kit
  • Armoured crew seats and armoured floor
  • Wire strike protection system
  • Defensive Aids Suite (DAS)
  • IR Suppression system
  • Self – sealing crashworthy fuel tanks

Avionics

  • Cockpit Voice Recorder & Flight Data Recorder (CVR/FDR)
  • Weather/search radar
  • 4-axis Digital Automatic Flight Control System (DAFCS) with SAR modes & FMS SAR patterns
  • Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS)
  • Helicopter Operations Monitoring Programme (HOMP)
  • NVG compatibility (cockpit & external lights)
  • TCAS II
  • FLIR
  • Digital video recorder
  • Video downlink
  • Helicopter Emergency Exit Light System (HEELS)
  • Auto-Deployable ELT (ADELT)
  • Moving map
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS)
  • Enhanced Vision System (EVS)
  • HF radios
  • Tactical radios
  • Maritime radios
  • SATCOM
  • Secure Comms
  • Surveillance & Weather Radar
  • Tactical Data Link

Armament

  • Internal weapons (general purpose machine gun)
  • Sniper rifle
  • External weapons (Heavy machine gun pods & 2.75” rocket pods)
  • Weapon management system with head up display
  • Forward firing rockets and machine guns
  • Pintle mounted machine gun

Brochures

AW139 Military Operations
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