The AW149 answers a growing demand for the next generation, affordable, multi-purpose medium class helicopter, for military and government agencies. Fully digitised and with an open systems architecture (OSA) and fully integrated mission equipment, the AW149 is designed for the modern battlefield. With a rugged construction incorporating crashworthy features, such as up to eighteen crashworthy troop seats and excellent access and egress, the AW149 maximises survivability. Twin engines ensure high performance in hot and high conditions. A 4-axis auto-pilot and advanced latest generation avionics system serves to minimise crew work load. The aircraft can also be configured to carry a variety of weapons and stores on external carriers. The AW149 is suited to battlefield support, combat SAR, reconnaissance, surveillance, medical evacuation, search and rescue (SAR) and command and control support roles.
The large, unobstructed cabin and baggage compartment provides the capability to accommodate up to 16 troops or 12 fully equipped soldiers. With the external cargo hook, up to 2720 kg / 6000 lb of heavy equipment can be transported to the battlefield. Two large sliding cabin doors and 12.4 cu. m of internal cargo space offer exceptional transport capability.
The spacious cabin gives the command staff an unprecedented workspace for C3 dedicated equipment and for 2 workstations.
The 3 m long by 2.26 m wide and 1.45 high cabin provides the capability to accommodate 2 to 6 stretchers leaving enough space for 4 attendants and in-flight medical care equipment.
For Combat Search And Rescue missions a rescue hoist and other specific mission equipment and armaments can be provided. CSAR crew concept envisages 2 pilots plus 2/4 crew members.

Technical Data

Take-off Mass 8 tonne class
Cabin Volume 11.2 cu. m 395 cu. ft
Rear Cargo hold 2.4 cu. m 71 cu. ft

Pilots/Troops 2/18

Maximum cruise speed 278 km/h 150 kts
Hover OGE (ISA + 20 C/ 68 F)    Mission weight :
12 troops in full combat order for 150nm radius
2000 m 6561 ft
Engines (take-off power) 2 x 1477 kW 2 x 1980 shp


  • Air conditioning system
  • Anti / de-icing system
  • Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
  • Cargo hook kit (2720 kg / 6000 lb)
  • Emergency flotation system
  • External electrical hoist kit (272 kg / 600 lb) with utility hoist light (single & dual winch systems)
  • Wire strike protection
  • Closed circuit refueling system
  • Main cabin bubble window
  • Fast roping kit
  • Integrated particle segmentation system
  • Auxiliary fuel tanks
  • Pressurised refuelling system
  • External life rafts
  • External search light
  • Cabin mission console


  • 4 Axis autopilot
  • Cockpit voice & flight data recorder
  • FLIR
  • NVG compatible lighting
  • Health and Usage Monitoring System
  • Weather radar / Search radar
  • Emergency locator system
  • Moving Map System
  • Fully integrated avionics system, compatible with an MIL-STD-1553B data bus, with four 6” x 8” color active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD)
  • Flight Data monitoring (FDM)
  • SATCOM with flight following
  • IFF
  • HF radio
  • Crypto Comms


  • Rocket launcher 7/12/19 tubes 70/81 mm
  • Window mounted machine gun 7.62 mm
  • Machine gun-pod 12.7/20 mm
  • Machine gun-pod 12.7 mm with 3 tubes 70 mm rockets
  • Provision for air-to-ground and air-to-air missiles
  • Self sealing fuel tanks
  • Ballistic protection
  • Door mounted machine gun 12.7mm